Part 6: Our Presentation


Organization Name: ___________________­__ Community Issue Addressed:___________________

Download PDF: Pitch/Presentation Criteria

Note: Presentations are meant to be 5-8 minutes in length. Videos used in presentations should be original creations by students.  Limited use of professional/charity-produced media is permitted, but whether their use was effective will be at the discretion of the judging panel. Very
Effective Neutral Not


Content of the Presentation – How Effective is the Team at:
­Connecting with the audience and judges
Clearly explaining the community issue and how it impacts those who live and work in the community
Demonstrating their knowledge of their organization:
-Services and activities
-Financial stewardship of the organization
-The benefits the community receives from the organization
Explaining their activity and how it aligns with the organization
Demonstrating how their chosen activity will work, with clearly laid out plans for its execution
Presentation Skills
Does the team make a passionate case for their chosen issue?
Is the presentation clear, effective and well-structured?
Have they effectively added creative elements to their presentation?
Do the speakers speak with clarity, confidence and enthusiasm, using eye contact and body language effectively?
Are all team members actively involved?
Overall Impressions:






Part 6: Our Presentation

Tips for your Presentation/Pitch

You can use any sort of format you wish for your presentation as long as you include all of the information required.

Make sure your
enthusiasm and
philanthropic spirit
evident during your presentation!


  1. Be Entertaining – Speeches should be entertaining and informative. I’m not saying you should act like a dancing monkey when giving a serious presentation. But unlike an e-mail or article, people expect some appeal to their emotions. Simply reciting dry facts without any passion or humor will make people less likely to pay attention.
  2. Slow Down – Nervous and inexperienced speakers tend to talk way to fast. Consciously slow your speech down and add pauses for emphasis.
  3. Eye Contact – Match eye contact with everyone in the room. I’ve also heard from salespeople that you shouldn’t focus all your attention on the decision maker since secretaries and assistants in the room may hold persuasive sway over their boss.
  4. 15 Word Summary – Can you summarize your idea in fifteen words? If not, rewrite it and try again. Speaking is an inefficient medium for communicating information, so know what the important fifteen words are so they can be repeated.
  5. Don’t Read – This one is a no brainer, but somehow Powerpoint makes people think they can get away with it. If you don’t know your speech without cues, that doesn’t just make you more distracting. It shows you don’t really understand your message, a huge blow to any confidence the audience has in you.
  6. Speeches are About Stories – If your presentation is going to be a longer one, explain your points through short stories, quips and anecdotes. Great speakers know how to use a story to create an emotional connection between ideas for the audience.
  7. Project Your Voice – Nothing is worse than a speaker you can’t hear. Even in the high-tech world of microphones and amplifiers, you need to be heard. Projecting your voice doesn’t mean yelling, rather standing up straight and letting your voice resonate on the air in your lungs rather than in the throat to produce a clearer sound.
  8. Breathe In Not Out – Feeling the urge to use presentation killers like ‘um,’ ‘ah,’ or ‘you know’? Replace those with a pause taking a short breath in. The pause may seem a bit awkward, but the audience will barely notice it.
  9. Put Yourself in the Audience – When writing a speech, see it from the audiences perspective. What might they not understand? What might seem boring? Use WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) to guide you.
  10. Have Fun – Sounds impossible? With a little practice you can inject your passion for a subject into your presentations. Enthusiasm is contagious.