Presentation Skills


  • To practice being a public speaker
  • To learn elements of a good presentation


  • Whiteboard/chalkboard
  • Dry erase markers/chalk
  • Paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Video camera
  • TV to watch recordings on
  • “Presentation Checklist” handout (1 per participant)
  • “Planning Presentation” handout (1 per participant)

Prepare Before


Warm Up

What are the essentials of public speaking?


Have the participants do a brainstorm with the following prompts:

  • What are some great mistakes that you have seen speakers make?
  • Why would you consider these things mistakes?
  • What aspects of presenting are most challenging for you?

Have the participants think back to earlier projects where they have presented or organized for a presentation. How can you tell if you were successful?

Divide the group into four groups.  Give all groups the same topic to present on — ideally, pick a topic that’s about youth but is not your topic. Each group will present in a different style.

  • Group One:  Will create the MOST youth-friendly presentation they can
  • Group Two:  Will create the LEAST youth-friendly presentation they can
  • Group Three: Will create the MOST adult-friendly presentation they can
  • Group Four:  Will create the LEAST adult-friendly presentation they can

Give each group about 10 minutes to prepare a 5 minute presentation.

Once all groups have presented, create of list of  Do’s and Don’ts for youth and adult-friendly presentations.


Facilitate a discussion with the following reflection questions:

  • What are key elements for a youth presentation? For an adult presentation?
  • What are things these two lists have in common?
  • Why is it important to tailor your presentation to your audience?


When you present your results, you might be presenting to other youth, to other adults, or both. A presentation to the adult and youth leaders of your school, organization, or neighborhood will inform them of what is going on with your research project and get buy-in for your project. Many of these people may have connections that could help move your project forward so it is important to use these very local resources.

Pass out the “Presentation Checklist” handout and have the group review it for any additional presentation guidelines.


Create presentations for a mostly adult audience and one for a mostly youth audience on your issue.  Use your results to guide your topic. Your presentation should include the following elements:

  • Who you are
  • How you picked the issue
  • How the research was conducted
  • Key results
  • Recommendations
  • Next Steps
  • Time for Questions

Divide the group into teams of 6-8 participants.  Teams should prepare all handouts and visuals they will need. (You may take multiple days or sessions for this if you see fit.)

Have teams practice their presentation.  Videotape the presentation so presenters can see themselves.  Allow teams to watch their videotaped presentation, make changes to their presentation, and practice again before the entire group gives them feedback.