I don’t want to call this nervousness. To be honest, I don’t even know what this is. 

Every time I am told that I will be making a presentation in class (I’m in 9th grade) my body flips. I don’t even know how to explain this feeling in words but I’ll try. ….

David McQueenDavid McQueenSpeaker. Presentations Coach. Startup Mentor

This is anxiety my friend. A lot more people suffer from this than they care to admit.
Nothing is wrong with being afraid of public speaking but there are ways to be able to tackle it as well. Some things I get my clients to do

1. Keep a panic diary. Writing stuff down helps you to stay calm, as the mind focuses on what happened you become more of an observer than a sufferer.
2. Meditation. I get clients to spend time before they speak with their eyes closed just meditating. Silent deep breathing to control their heart rate
3. Breathe and smile. Just before you speak, shake your hands out and smile. Reduce that cortisol and raise testosterone.
4. Pause. When you feel that wave of panic, sometimes you have to let it wash over you, pause a minute and then start again.

These interventions are best done with someone who understands anxiety but even if you have a friend who can keep you accountable, who you trust and is not judgemental then it’s a start.

I wish you well in your presentation.
Look back on it when it’s done and you might find it’s not as bad as you think

To your success.


Sunayana Reddy has made more than 100 PowerPoint presentations

The quickest way to develop amazing slides is to follow these 10 hacks:

1.6×6 Rule
This cardinal rule of PowerPoint design should never be violated. According to this basic rule, any given slide must have only six lines with six words on each line.

2. Black out/White out
You see your audience’s attention waning? You can very cleverly just black out the projected screen. Hit the B key on your keyboard and all your distracted audience will see is blackness in front of them.If you are a little more peace-loving, you can choose a white-out as well. Hit the W key on your keyboard and dazzle your audience with the white screen.

3.No Messy Bullets
Bullets can look messy and can well be considered as a waste of space. They often are quite unnecessary and the best slide designs prefer not using bulleted text.  A better way to do it is to space out each point across individual slides.

4.Bow down to the Master Slide
More often than not your presentation ends up looking drab, courtesy the boring templates that Microsoft provides you. There are a host of templates that you can download from the net and the latest Microsoft Office has included sleeker, more appealing slide designs. But when you have the option of creating your own unique slide design why settle for something readymade? Look at your topic, pick images and the colour scheme and put it all on a master slide.

5. Make use of the Grids and Rulers
Life is so much easier when things just fall into place. The grids and rulers option in the PowerPoint helps you do just that. The grids and rulers are not on by default but you can turn them on by clicking on the space outside the slide but not on the sidebars.

6. Animated!
PowerPoint offers a wide range of animations and they can be used to create interesting slide designs and jazz up your presentation.

7. Animate the Charts!
Boring statistics? Worry no more, because your pie chart or bar graph or histogram can now be animated. Once you have inserted your chart and added animations to it, go to the final tab “Chart Animation” and change “Group Chart” from “As One Object” to “BY Category”. Now you can get your chart to appear as you speak about each of its components.

8. Duplicate – Don’t Copy and Paste
We are sure that CTRL + C and CTRL + V aren’t your favorite keyboard shortcuts. But imagine copying and pasting a particular text or image multiple times on a slide? That would annoy even the biggest fans of Copy-Paste. An easier way to do it is to duplicate instead. So click on any object that you want to be copied and press CTRL while you drag it. They space themselves out evenly as well.
The more useful thing is duplicating an entire slide. Select the slide or set of slides that you want to duplicate, go to the New Slide menu and select Duplicate Selected Slides. You get all the slides duplicated automatically.

9.Create New Shapes
PowerPoint has a beautiful variety of shapes that you can use in your slides. But what if we told you that you can combine them together to create more shapes of your own? You can just select all the objects, go to the Drawing Tools option and select Format under which you can select Merge Shapes. It subtracts the overlapping portions from the two shapes, giving you a cool new shape! What is more exciting is that it can do the same with images and text as well!

10.Save it as .PPS 
Remember the last time there was a group presentation and the person controlling the PPT kept fumbling around the screen trying to look for the slideshow button and you lost out on precious time because of that? Well, this trick will eliminate the entire process of opening the presentation and going into slideshow.

Once you finish designing your PPT, go to File and select Save As. In the dialog box that follows, select the file type as .PPS and voila! When you click on this file, it directly opens the slideshow screen and takes care of the hassle in between.


John Ramos

John RamosWrote the book The Super Student’s Guide to Presentations @ TheStudentPower.com


3 minutes seems like little time to deliver a compelling presentation, but I’ve been asked to present my entire Master’s thesis to a jury in 3 minutes - it’s possible, but you have to be objective and systematic.

First off, define a clear structure to your speech and stick to it. There’s not time to ramble whatsoever:

  • Minute 1: Tell your purpose, what the presentation is all about and what’s the message you want to send across.
  • Minute 2: Tell the audience why, what’s the reasoning that supports your argument, what is the story you want to tell, where is the proof backing your claims.
  • Minute 3: Repeat your message and end on a high-note, using a quote, sentence or story that the audience won’t forget easily.

Some actual suggestions for topics:

  • Your Project Explained in 3 minutes
  • A Cool Mathematics Trick Explained in 3 minutes (check some here)
  • Your Country’s History in 3 minutes (use lots of comedy elements)
  • 3 Lifehacks in 3 Minutes
  • My Life’s History in 3 Minutes (interesting introspective exercise, as well)
  • The Politics of the Middle East in 3 Minutes
  • Newtonian Mechanics Explained in 3 Minutes

As you see, there’re a lot of creative options at your fingertips, or should I say at the exit of your vocal chords?