The Audience and Me

Last Friday i had to make a short presentation at college for a local event. Well all went pretty fine and dandy, apart from…

I didn’t learn all the slides by heart and forgot some ideas along the way, that could have gotten my colleagues attention. Yes, you read right, i presented in front of colleagues from college. A question that came into my mind before this was : How hard can it be, they are the same age as me? Answer : very hard despite the age. To present 8 slides in 6 minutes in a coherent manner is stressful, the key word here is coherent. And i think that is my biggest problem i have to work on.

The observations i made during the rest of the presentations are as follows:

1. Know the language you are presenting in. Talking on the Internet is one thing, where you can edit, you can’t pause in front of handful of people while you apply the right tense.

2.Know your audience, presenting “Swarovski diamonds” in front of IT nerds is not what i call “relevant to my interests”.

3.Don’t put on your spelling bee face, but your “i am going to present something that may interest you” face. Gestures and voice tone are everything when you are talking at an event.

4.Most students don’t know how to make a presentation. Why isn’t this taught in school? You are going to work for a firm at which sooner or later you will have to make a presentation, so i see this as a prerequisite for programmers or folk in the IT business. Yes you are going to know how to convert from binary to hex, but you will not know how to present it to other people.


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