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Oral presentations require a wide range of skills including delivery, the ability to research and organise ideas into logical arguments, the ability to develop handouts and aids and the ability to field questions from the audience.

You may also be required to write an accompanying paper.

In the university context, oral presentations can take various forms. These include:

  • giving a public talk in the form of a lecture or seminar presentation
  • delivering a presentation on the outcomes of a class exercise or on an assigned reading
  • actively participating in a tutorial, discussion group or residential school

The key areas you should focus on when you are required to deliver an oral presentation are the preparation and delivery.