How to Critique a Presentation

A presentation is critiqued in an audience-centric way. The critique must value the layout, visuals and parts of the presentation to judge the presentation effectively. There are many aspects that have to be considered when critiquing. So how to critique a presentation


  • It should be kept crisp and brief. The introduction gives the pathway that depicts the presentations flow. Therefore it should not be too explanatory or too vague.
  • The introduction should be as much as to give the audience a gist of the presentation. It can be a catch line or a visual or a plain slide that enables the audience to get into the listening mode.


The body of the presentation should be clearly written. There should be no scope for doubts.

  • Check if the body is organized
  • Check if the points are well explained
  • Check if the topics are discussed to clarity
  • Check if the transition between topics is well handled

The body should be well discussed and the use of visuals and other add-ins should be complimentary and not unnecessary.


  • Has the speaker concluded well?
  • Has all the key points been discussed?
  • Has the speaker given a good finish?
  • Has the points been clearly reminded?

Apart from the main parts of the presentation, some other aspects have to be discussed too.

The speaker’s delivery

Even if the presentation is flawless, it all depends on the speaker ability to deliver. They are the narrators and they determine the flow and structure of the presentation. Therefore the delivery of the presentation plays a big role in the critique.

Factors like:

  • Eye contact with the audience
  • Were Vocal fillers (like..uh.. umm..) used effectively?
  • Was the narration lively, and not monotonous
  • Was the speech close to perfection, i.e., had the presenter practiced well?
  • Conversational speech: check if the presenter is narrating the content in a conversational manner and not a teaching manner. Any idea, when told in a conversational manner, will have a better appeal to the audience.


  • Was the flow of the presentation good?
  • Had the speaker taken time to organize the presentation in order?
  • Was it easy to follow?

Visual aid

  • Was there any visual aid to give a better presentation?
  • Was the aid useful to the audience
  • Was it used with the presentation or did it stand apart


  • Was there an interaction at the end of the presentation?
  • Was the presenter able to answer to the questions?

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