Presentation Skills

Notes from last night class in professional design practices. A guest speaker from Marriott gave us advice on presentation skills.

Famous presenters
  • Steve Jobs
  • Barack Obama
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
Building greatness
  • Preparing you
  • The tool
  • Preparing your message
  • Your style
  1. Know your audience
  2. Know your materials
  3. Know yourself
Know your audience
  • What do they need to know?
  • Why should they care?
  • What do you want them to walk away with
Know your material
  • Grabbing them in the first few seconds
  • Clear and concise
  • Compelling
Avoid using buzz words
  • Synergy
  • Best practices
  • Out of the loop
  • Value added
  • Think outside the box
  • Bandwidth
  • Make it pop
Know Yourself
  • Gestures: Be natural
  • Poster: Stand up or sit up straight
  • Movement: Move with purpose
  • Eye contact and expressions: look people in the eye
  • Voice, projection: Make sure your voice carries the message. Speak with confidence
  • Diction and pace: Make sure you’re not mumbling
Challenging audience
  • keeping it on track
  • Topic migration
  • Time mismanagement
Phone interview
  • Practice with technology: Be ready ahead of time. Check to make sure Skype or whatever software is used for the interview works
  • Focus on speaking style
  • Timely: Make sure to be on time
  • Introductions
  • Connection: Make sure your phone has good reception. Use a landline
  • Documents in advance
  • Visual translation
Other tips to remember
  • Be brief. Be bright. Be gone
  • Command: Confident not cocky
  • It’s fine to pause. Take the pause to gather your thoughts if you get lost
Topics in a hat

Each of us takes out a topic in the hat and present it for one minute. It was a nerve-racking but helpful exercise.