Do your presentation skills need a brush up? Junior lawyer Annalisa Checchi shares her top ten pointers.

  1. Pick a subject you feel confident with and ensure you preparation is wider than the presentation.
  2. Think about what you what to achieve from your presentation and use it as a benchmark for the content.
  3. Make sure you give yourself enough time to prepare and practice delivering the presentation.
  4. Use your introduction to set the scene by asking a question to the audience or announcing a shocking statistic.
  5. Choose a maximum of five points for the body of your presentation and ensure you can deal with each point in sufficient detail.
  6. Use examples and statistics to illustrate your points.
  7. Don’t read from your notes. It is better to use them as back up in case your mind goes blank.
  8. If you are having a Q&A session, write down the top 10 questions you expect to be asked and try to prepare to answer them.
  9. Repeat the question asked and look around at the audience to involve them and make sure that you do not let one audience member dominate your time.
  10. Lastly, if you don’t know the answer to a question, confess. Take the person’s details so you can find out and respond to them later.