Reply to jane, farah, ERAJ and masterstudent

by Carl Kwan on September 5, 2013

I often get questions and I’m happy to answer them. However, what bothers me is when people just don’t take the time to search for the answers or ask me to basically help them with creating the content for the presentation. Please…

#1 Do some work and search the site. Especially when it comes to how to start a presentation, there are several videos here and on my YouTube Channel to help you develop the content for the beginning of your presentation. There are also videos on my YouTube Channel about every other part of your presentation… if you just took the time to look.

#2 If you need help, show what you’ve done already so I can give you some feedback. I will not help you choose your content…unless you have something prepared already and want some ideas or feedback. Of if you are happy paying my consulting fees of US$200/hour, then I’d be happy to choose and help you prepare your presentation content.

#3 ASK for help, do not just request it by telling me to answer you. Being polite, even online, makes a big difference and demonstrates what kind of person you are.

That being said… or rather, that’s the end of my rant… here are answers to some of the questions I’ve received lately:

1. jane: hi good day!! just want to ask help I am going to present the topic about WORK/LIFE BALANCE, what should be my introduction?,Objective?

thanks I hope you can help me on this.


Jane, I honestly don’t know. That depends on your audience, purpose, etc. I have several videos about starting a presentation. Please search the site or visit my YouTube Channel and watch those videos.

2. farah: Hi carl,

I have a question regarding how to do practice at home to give presentation in front of audience or in a classroom as a lecturer?also what could we do to make our board work better..?


The best way to practice at home is with a video camera. Record yourself and watch the video to see how you can improve. However, there is no substitute for experience. You can practice in less threatening situations at first to gain confidence and to get feedback. Not sure what you mean by board work. Sorry.

3. ERAJ: hi, carl. i m feeling difficulty in giving my topic is how to write a report.this topic have not so much matter.?what should i do so that i can make it a 8 minute speech?


Give examples of how to write a report. There is LOTS of information online if you take the time to search for it. 8 minutes wouldn’t be long enough, in my opinion. Good luck.

4. masterstudent: Dear Sir,

I am master student and i have to defense my thesis but i do not know how to start the presentation how to welcome the committee and my supervisors and how to start the title and all other slides please need your help, and please send me the answer by email, my email is:

Thank you very much

Best regards


See my reply to Jane above.


What do you want to know?

by Carl Kwan on July 25, 2013


Thank you for your support. PresentationExpressions wouldn’t be possible without you. Even though I am only posting new material on my own site at, you’re still here supporting this site. For that, I’m truly grateful.

So I’d like to check in and ask what you would like to learn about.

Would you please take a moment and let me know in the comments section below?

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.



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July 2013 Presentation Tips

by Carl Kwan on July 21, 2013


Here are the presentation tips for July 2013. Please visit or my YouTube Channel for my most up-to-date presentation tips videos.

  1. What a Presentation Must Do Video 2: Reward
  2. What a Presentation Must Do Video 3: Create Action
  3. What You Must Know About Your Audience Video 1: 8 Essential Questions

Thanks and talk to you again soon.


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June 2013 Presentation Tips & Happenings

by Carl Kwan on July 1, 2013

Here are all the new presentation tips from June 2013. I’ll do my best to post these updates every week.

Carl Kwan:

  1. Presentation Design Quick Tip #3 – A is for Alignment
  2. YouTube Channel Milestone!
  3. Presentation Design Quick Tip #4 – P is for Proximity
  4. Presentation Content Quick Tips – Presentation Foundation Series
  5. What a Presentation Must Do Video 1: Are You Entertained?

Liam Lusk:

  1. Expressions for your presentations


Answer to Sandra about group presentations

by Carl Kwan on April 30, 2013

I got this question about group presentations and wanted to share it to help you, too.

Here is the message from Sandra:

“Respected Sir, I am a frist-yesr student and on this saturday, I have a presentation with six members in my group and we will talk to brain drain in Vietnam. Hence, I do not know that how to organize so that all people in group can say in presentation but it is not boring audience. Each part in presentation has 2 members state together or each part has only member state. How do you think which is better way? Besides, do you know reliable documents about my topic because after presenting, we will write a assignment about it. Moreover, could you help me so that I can create pleasantness in this topic?

I really need your help to details about this my topic.

Thank you very much.”

And my answer…

“Hi Sandra,

Thanks for your message. Very busy here lately so couldn’t answer until now.

I think it’s better if each person speaks individually. However, don’t have everyone standing together. When one person is speaking, the other 5 should be off to the side and behind the speaker, if possible.

As for information about your topic, you could examine brain drain in other countries. Then you could compare to Vietnam and maybe offer ideas or solutions to reducing the problem in Vietnam. I think that will also help with making the topic more pleasant. People like to hear solutions to problems.

Good luck and let me know how it goes.

Btw, I’m thinking about visiting Vietnam this year but not sure, yet :)”

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