ENGG1803 – Presentation Skills Jonathan Bruck firstname.lastname@example.org Presentation skills are important • “If you want to deal with indigenous people, you gotta take the wool outa your ears and put it in your mouth” • **** Presenting and Listening • In Pairs 1. Speak for 2 minutes, impromptu – Tell a story, eg what did you do on the weekend, what did you do in the holidays – No Interruptions At All 2. The other person then needs to attempt to repeat back the entire story – Again, no interruptions Good presentations use: MAVAPECKAS 1. Mannerisms 2. Attitude 3. Voice 4. Appearance 5. Personality 6. Enthusiasm 7. Control 8. Knowledge 9. Adaptability 10. Speech Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_berners_lee_the_year_open_data_went_worldwide.html This guy talks for 5min 30sec. He gets his point across, he tells a story, he has a WOW factor. Can you do a talk this good?? Great Presentations are like TED.com http://www.timlonghurst.com/blog/2008/05/16/the-ted-commandments-rules-every- speaker-needs-to-know/ TED commandments slightly differently 1. Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world. 2. Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams ... and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success. 3. Make the complex plain. Don't try to dazzle intellectually. Don't speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific. 4. Connect with people's emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry! 5. Don't flaunt your ego. Don't boast. It's the surest way to switch everyone off. 6. No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you to, do not talk about your company or organization. And don't even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage. 7. Feel free to comment on other speakers' talks, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful! 8. Don't read your talk. Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read! 9. End your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people that follow you. We won't allow it. 10. Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend ... for timing, for clarity, for impact. MAVAPECKAS with examples/descriptions 1. Mannerisms 1. Hands in pockets 2. Attitude 2. Body language 3. Voice 3. Stuttering, voice projection 4. Appearance 4. Formal 5. Personality 5. Confidence 6. Enthusiasm 6. Hand gestures, intonation 7. Control 7. Self control, of audience, 8. Knowledge 8. Know your stuff 9. Adaptability 9. Be ready for questions, 10. Speech where from the room are you going to talk, (you are allowed to walk around...) 10. logical Structure • Tell a story • Build a logical argument in small easy to understand steps • Work your presentation so you get your desired impact! • This needs rehearsal, especially in speaker change over Ask questions/Be asked • Participate in other presentations by asking questions • Be prepared for questions • Involve your audience with questions, or something innovative Aids some ideas • Audio • Visual • Tactile • Practical Demonstration • Handout – Paper – Tangible • Eg: mosquitos?? Presentation Content • What is your project • What is interesting about it • What have you achieved so far • What challenges have you come across and envisage are to come • How has this project changed your perception of “Engineering” • What have you learnt about group work • What remains to be done Presentation • All of you need to be up at the front • 3 people need to speak – (beware about timing and handover) – Rehears! Project Proposal Feedback • Be careful about ruling out solutions too early • Make sure you continue to use your gantt chart throughout. • Find as much as you can about Bendee Downs, Cunamulla, the other local towns, the people, the land, etc. Share your research, but don’t share your analysis • In terms of team roles, make sure one person isn’t too overloaded (at any one time), and everyone contributes equally Technical considerations • Consider the energy (in Joules) cost and where is this coming from • Consider the quantity and quality of resources you’ll need • Consider the long term benefit and life cycle • Consider the education requirements • Is your project suitable for 150 tourists/week?