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Presenting to large groups

Aims and Objectives

This guide addresses the key difficulties associated with speaking to large groups, offering creative and practical solutions for making powerful presentations.


Large groups can be a challenge to even the most experienced of presenters. Anxieties can arise from:

  • the lack of contact with the audience;
  • an increased fear of making mistakes;
  • the difficulty in assessing whether or not the audience has understood and valued the presentation.

Yet, despite these concerns, making presentations to large groups can be a very rewarding experience, particularly if you approach the task with imagination and enthusiasm. This Study Guide presents many practical suggestions for speaking to large groups, encouraging you to develop strategies to overcome the problems and develop an effective speaking style.