You can be a better presenter - 25 tips for more effective presentations

This resource is a friendly, practical and fun guide to giving presentations, aimed at those who are not confident about presenting.

This resource and the following information was contributed by Alice Macfarlan

Authors and their affiliation

Written by Kylie Hutchinson
Illustration & design by Jana Curll

Key features

This guide consists of advice to help readers become better presenters. Part 1 covers 'You and your audience', focusing on speaking tips, stage presence, timing, and the importance of practice. Part 2 deals with 'Your presentation', giving pointers to help you improve your title, slides, structure, and handouts.

How have you used or intend on using this resource?

I'm terrified of giving presentations so I feel like this is the resource for me. I can see myself using it when I need some good, calm, commonsense advice the night before presenting in order to help me feel like I'll be able to not only get through my presentation, but also that I'll look professional and confident doing it.

Why would you recommend it to other people?

I really like the style of this document - both in terms of the short, easy to read tips, and the amusing illustrations. It makes the document read really well and seem friendly - which is something that people anxious about presenting will likely appreciate. On a content level, the advice is a good mix of commonsense (which is not to imply that it isn't valuable to include - for example, 'don't read from a prepared speech'), to some tips that I'd never thought of like dealing with monopolizers by changing your position on the stage.


Hutchinson, K. (2012). You can be a better presenter - 25 tips for more effective presentations. Retrieved from