Whether it is an individual or group project presentation it is not an easy task. Of course, you have the choice to take it lightly but those interested in performing well will have to prepare themselves sufficiently. A project presentation, as the name suggests, involves the expression and analysis of subject matter in front of people. Generally, the purpose of these presentations is to assess your knowledge in the area, and they are quite helpful in cases such as internship assessment and classroom evaluation. They are, particularly, of great consequence in university where they serve as a great medium to evaluate the students from time to time.
You cannot perfect the art of project presentation in a day but can certainly take a step forward with practice. To ace your project presentations, you will have to consider a few factors to improve and perform better. A few pointers have already been mentioned below, and all they need is your few minutes.
If you are still here with me, let us explore the ways you can nail your project presentation.
Consider every member of the group
In case you are part of a group project presentation, then you must understand that it is a group effort, not an individual effort. Undoubtedly, managing a group is difficult because you have to distribute areas of research and presentation, and settle down differences (if any). To avoid friction, you should be a team player and consider every member of the group. Know the areas of comfort and discomfort and allocate work accordingly to the members.
Read your project thoroughly
I’d be lying if I told you that I read all my projects thoroughly before the presentation. But, I can certainly tell you that the presentation of those which I did was marked higher than those I did not. The more thorough you are with the content of the project, the more informed and responsive your presentation will be. Throughout your presentation, anyone in the audience can ask you questions that may not necessarily have textbook answers. However, if you are well-read and understand analytically your project theme, then you will be better positioned to respond.
A PowerPoint presentation goes a long way
While there is no harm in an oral presentation, it is always better to add visual detail to it. All my teacher guides have endorsed the use of PowerPoint presentations to make sessions interactive. More importantly, a visual presentation informs the audience of the structure of your presentation. Using brief statements in the slides, you can guide the audience as to the direction of your presentation. This technique is, especially, very useful when the project area is not commonly understood and requires references. Visual aid like that can encourage greater clarity.
Prepare questions beforehand
You have worked on your project and collected a good amount of information. This means that you are aware of possible loopholes or queries that may arise during the presentation. For example, you are presenting on the outcomes of the new child education reforms in your city so it is expected that a member of the audience may ask you what problems the previous reforms had. Likewise, you are about to present your arguments against capital punishment so anyone can ask whether there are facts to back up your claim that the said punishment does not result in the reduction of crime. Hence, prepare questions and answers well in advance.
The conclusion is very important
How would you feel if a speaker ended up her presentation abruptly? You will think about the lack of giveaways from the presentation. The audience wants to know what we get from all of the discussion, and only you can offer the same. Craft a brief, impactful conclusion to the research and present it to the people. It will serve as a sort of closure for the audience. That being said, you cannot conclude well unless you keep a tab on the time. Your presentation will most likely be time-bound, and this means you must prepare a mental demarcation of how much you have to talk about a certain area. Unless you do that, you will run out of time and fail to conclude properly.
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