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Giving Presentations

This guide will help you design and deliver an effective presentation. It's full of tips for both beginners, who need to learn the basics of delivering a presentation, as well as students who want to perfect their presentation skills.


As a student of Columbia College, you will most likely have to deliver at least 1 presentation while here. Presentation assignments provide you with the opportunity to strengthen skills that will be valuable in the workplace, including oral communication, public speaking, and visual communication skills. Having these skills could be what leads to a promotion!

Many students feel nervous about giving presentations. Don't worry, this is normal! Public speaking becomes easier with practice, and confidence in your presentation can help to shake those pre-presentation jitters.

The tips on this guide cover the basics of preparing an effective presentation that you can feel confident in. Use the left-hand menu to navigate to different pages of the guide. 

Top 25 TED Talks

Need inspiration? Want to learn from the pros? Watch some TED talks! TED talks often feature very effective, engaging speakers. Watching how experts give presentations can help inspire you and help you learn from the best. Presentations are a performance, so you can even imagine yourself as one of these speakers while you deliver your presentation.

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