Summary

 

Suggested Criteria for an Excellent Oral Presentation

By taking the checklist below and turning it into a matrix, you will have a useful tool for evaluating your oral presentation. You can provide this checklist to other's listening to you in any practice sessions to obtain feedback on your presentation. You may want to include additional items, depending on the requirements of your oral presentation. A downloadable RTF file of this checklist is included in the left sidebar of this page.

  1. The presentation was relevant to the audience.
  2. The information presented was accurate and relevant.
  3. The information presented was at the right level of detail.
  4. The presentation was well organized and the ideas flowed logically.
  5. The presenter's introduction captured the interest of the audience.
  6. The presenter established the purpose of the presentation during the introduction.
  7. The presenter used evidence and examples to support his or her ideas.
  8. The presenter reinforced the main ideas at the conclusion of the presentation.
  9. The presenter carefully timed the presentation so that it "fit" into the time allowed.
  10. The presenter established a comfortable environment.
  11. The presenter showed evidence of being prepared by not overly relying on notes.
  12. The presenter's use of his or her voice was natural and effective.
  13. The presenter's hand and facial gestures were natural and effective.
  14. The presenter controlled nervousness so that it did not distract the audience.
  15. The presenter established eye contact with the audience.
  16. Any humor used in the presentation was effective and not offensive.
  17. The presenter's use of visual aids was appropriate for the setting.
  18. The presenter used visual aids primarily to emphasize key points.
  19. Visual aids were professional looking and followed text size/amount guidelines.
  20. The presenter effectively managed the use of visual aids by paraphrasing information presented on them and displaying them for an appropriate period of time.
  21. The presenter stayed within the given time limits for making the presentation.

 

Oral Presentation Evaluation Matrix

 

 

Category

Does Not Meet Expectations

Meets Expectations

Outstanding

How to Improve

Relevance

Relevance of presentation to the audience

Mixed several irrelevant points together

Points were mostly relevant to t he audience

All points were relevant to the audience

 

Content

Information presented

Used inaccurate irrelevant, or inappropriate level of information that might hinder communication

Used accurate, relevant information

Used varied information, of which all was accurate, relevant, and at the right level of detail

 

Organization

Overall organization of presentation

Used unclear organization to present ideas.

Presented ideas in a somewhat organized manner.

 

Presented ideas in a polished, well organized manner

 

Introduction

Vague introduction. Didn't introduce topic well

Introduced topic with one or two brief sentences

Introduction captured audience interests and established the purpose of the presentation

 

Body

Lacked facts or used inappropriate facts and examples that didn't support main ideas. No logical sequence of information

Presented with a logical sequence but not presented in a fluent manner

Used evidence and examples to support main ideas in a fluent manner

 

Conclusion

No conclusion

Vague conclusion

Conclusion reinforced the main ideas in the presentation

 

Time Management Strategy

Effective use of time

Didn't conclude presentation in assigned time or concluded earlier than the assigned time

Kept to time limit and delivered in the assigned time

Carefully timed so that it "fit" into the time allowed. Spent appropriate amount of time on topics, allowed time for questions, and answered questions effectively

 

Environment

The presenter didn't care about establishing a comfortable environment.

The presenter had little control, but made as many adjustments as possible.

The presenter established a comfortable environment

 

Presentation

Controlling nervousness

Presenter's nervousness distracted the audience

Presenter's nervousness was apparent only occasionally

The presenter controlled nervousness so that it did not distract the audience

 

Practice

Mastery of the subject

Read from notes most of the time. Searched for words frequently with long periods of silence

Spoke with occasional hesitations without overly relying on notes

The presenter showed evidence of being prepared by not overly relying on notes, and spoke in a fluent and spontaneous way

 

Delivery

Verbal

Could not be understood because of inappropriate rate, volume, or articulation

Could be understood, but the presenters voice did not effectively enhance the presentation

The presenter's use of his or her voice was natural and effectively enhanced the presentation

 

Non verbal Expression

Did not exhibit poise or used ineffective or distractive hand or facial gestures

Used positive hand and facial gestures

The presenter was poised and hand and facial gestures were natural and effectively enhanced presentation

 

Eye contact

Established no/indistinct eye contact

Established eye contact with the audience

Established direct, consistent eye contact with the audience

 

Effective use of humor

No humor was used

No humor was tried or humor was used in an intrusive way

Any humor used in the presentation was effective and not offensive

 

Visual Aids

Use of visual aids

Included no graphics or pictures or used irrelevant and distracting visual aids

Included graphics and pictures that were relevant to the topic

Used good quality visual aids that were appropriate for the setting

 

Visual aids design

Included no graphics or pictures or used distracting/ poor looking visual aids

Graphics and pictures were visible to all

Visual aids were professional looking, and followed text size/amount guidelines. Graphics and pictures were attractive, creative and precise so as to enhance the presentation

 

Effective management of visual aids

Included no graphics or pictures or the use of visual aids was distracting

Used some kind of visual aids to facilitate the presentation

The presenter effectively managed the use of visual aids to enhance the effect of the presentation

 

Overall

Overall impression

Very boring, unpleasant to listen to, very poor presentation

Somewhat interesting. Could make some improvements

Very interesting, pleasant to listen to, very good presentation