Twenty-four hours ago I was standing in front of 40+ people presenting my six minute Strategic Product Management exam presentation. The minutes leading up to that moment felt like forever. My group, including myself, felt a little tense, a bit stressful and very anxious.
Whether you enjoy presenting your work to others or not, one thing is for sure, practice makes perfect. Throughout any Master’s programme you will be expected to present in front of an audience of people that you might not know, therefore, it is important to prepare yourself and know what’s coming.
From one fellow student to the next, I intend to give you my best tips and tricks for you to nail your presentations so you can confront them with confidence.
Tip #1: Plan Strategy
- Organize your team to give yourselves enough time to prepare for your presentation. Play to your strengths and know who is good at what, this includes giving each member specific responsibilities and deadlines to be met.
Tip #2: Research is Key
- The more you know, the more likely you will succeed. Credible resources are extremely important when doing your research in order for you to build your case and be taken seriously. This is the part where it is worth going above and beyond in order to make sure your content is solid and on point.
Tip #3: Prepare Yourself
- Although you should try to never read directly from your notes when you present, I always find it helpful to write down my speech, repeat, rehearse and drill it in before the presentation. This normally works out really well; the reason being is that once your words are down on paper you intuitively eliminate the unnecessary words, saving yourself time and making your speech more clear. Once again, I can’t emphasize how important it is to try and not read directly from your notes once you are in front of an audience presenting. It can make you look very unprofessional and unprepared.
Tip #4: Practice Makes Perfect
- Make sure your group is in sync and prepared for any post-presentation questions that could come your way. Be critical of your work and make sure you can justify anything that is being said, because if you don’t, your lecturer will most likely pick up on it.
Thais is studying our MSc Strategic Marketing programme.