Been evaluating poetry presentations this week and I have some suggestions.
1. Read the score sheet to know how you will be evaluated. It seems to me some people are spending time developing AV materials--which is fine--when the time might be better spent practicing reading the poem--presenting their material--or honing their analysis using a literary lens.
2. If you plan to use a PowerPoint presentation, music, video clips, etc. make sure they enhance your presentation. If they don't, you have "wasted your time." Sorry if that sounds harsh. If they distract from your presentation, then you have sabotaged yourself.
3. Power point presentations should be used so that people in the back of the room can easily read the KEY POINTS from the back of the room! Remember your assessor (oh, that's me!) is back there. Strong contrast between font and background is essential to do that! Size of font is vital. Remember just because you can read it on the monitor doesn't mean your audience will be able to read it from the screen.
4. DO NOT PUT YOUR ENTIRE SCRIPT UP ON THE SCREEN. CREATING THE POWER POINT IS ANOTHER STEP--YOU NEED TO HONE IT DOWN TO KEY WORDS AND PHRASES!