10 Tips for Giving Your Presentation:
Telling your story is the most important part of your Heritage Fairs project. You have done great research and writing, you have designed and created an amazing project, and now it is time to share your knowledge. This is what will get you an award or advance to the Regional and Provincial levels. Here are some tips for giving your presentation:
- Make sure that you put as much effort into your presentation as you did in your research and in designing your project! Practice at home (either alone or in front of your family) and think of different questions that judges might ask about your topic, your research, or how your topic relates to Canadian heritage.
- If your model or digital element breaks or glitches, do not panic. Explain how it is supposed to work and continue giving your presentation.
- Do not read your presentation. Tell your story. Memorize as much as you can and use notes or cue cards only when you get stuck, or as an outline. Your backboard can also serve as reminders of what you want to talk about.
- Use your model, artefacts, and backboard. Point at photos or maps, describe the items and how they relate to your story, and explain what the model is about.
- If you have a family connection to a topic, that is a great starting point. It gets your audience interested in the story.
- If you are wearing a costume, cultural regalia, or a uniform, do not forget to tell us about its significance.
- Acting out a skit or becoming a character and telling your story in the first person will be memorable, but make sure to practice.
- For partner presentations, make sure that you both get chances to talk and answer questions. If only one of you is presenting, make sure to explain why.
- Make eye contact with your audience, but if keeping eye contact is too difficult, look just beside their head throughout the presentation. Make eye contact again when being asked a question. It is fine to look away to look at your project or to quickly check your notes if you get stuck.
- Be creative and be yourself! Think of a way to make sure that your audience remembers your story, even if you do not win any awards or advance any further. Do as best as you can.