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A presentation is the process of presenting a topic to an audience. It is typically a demonstration, lecture, or speech meant to inform, persuade, or build good will. The term can also be used for a formal or ritualized introduction or offering, as with the presentation of a debutante.
- The process of offering for consideration or display
- A social introduction, as of a person at court
- A demonstration, lecture, or welcoming speech
- A manner or style of speaking, instructing or putting oneself forward
- The manner of presenting, esp the organization of visual details to create an overall impression
A study done by Wharton School of Business showed that the use of visuals reduced meeting times by 28 percent. Another study found that audiences believe presenters who use visuals are more professional and credible than presenters who merely speak. Other research indicates that meetings and presentations reinforced with visuals help participants reach decisions and consensus more quickly.
A presentation program, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, OpenOffice.org Impress or Prezi, is often used to generate the presentation content. Modern internet-based presentation software, such as the presentation application in Google Docs and SlideRocket also allow presentations to be developed collaboratively by geographically disparate collaborators. Presentation viewers can be used to combine content from different presentation programs into one presentation.
- Definition of presentations
- Content (types, audience, visual)
- Daria Price Bowman. (1998). Presentations. Madison WI: F+W Publications Inc.