#22 Present like you’re talking to grandma.
There are many different factors which make presentation days the most “nerve-racking” throughout the semester. One of these attributes adding to this distress is the fear of just presenting itself. We develop this fear because many of us feel that we are not good at public speaking. A lot of times we know everything about our project but are hindered by our fear of not sounding like we do. So we try to use words we are not comfortable with, and think too much about what we should say instead of just talking. If you we’re to go home and talk to your grandma, best friend, or anyone really who is not involved in architecture school, you would most likely present beautifully. This is because the little voice in your head that says “say this, ooh don’t say that” is not there to interrupt you. It is important to get out of your own head and just speak about your project as if it was the only thing you have done all week.
because it was. :)
Some of these may not apply to everyone, but here are a few tips I use when presenting that you may find helpful:
- Guidelines to successful presenting.
- Speak at a tempo where everyone in the room can understand you.
- Speak at a volume where everyone can hear you.
- Leave room for questions. Don’t tell us every little detail, the best part of a critique is the dialog after the initial spiel.
- Keep it simple. Here is a sample format: This is my concept, this is what I started with, This is what I learned from that, This is where it led me, I made some changes, this is what I learned from that, and this is the collection of my concept and process. These are just some basic elements you can talk about in your presentation but most importantly remember to just “tell the tale” and keep the concept evident through the entire project.
- Additional Consideration:
- The Inner Game of Music - Amazing book on performance conditions. It is a book for music but the concepts relate to everything in life.
- Nancy Duarte - A more in-depth articulation of the art of presenting.