Making Presentations Work

Design & The Market, Textiles

On Friday,  I had a really interesting lecture that was about the starting process of a business and how it was progressed by Brian McNicoll and then presentation preparation skills from Professor Mike Press. Brian McNicoll explained a lot about his own business within the computing industry for Dynamo Games and how he progressed throughout the company, experienced various roles and created brilliant game applications for your smart phone!

Presentations scare me! so it’s safe to say I am terrified for my presentation in a mere week and a half! However, from Fridays lecture, I gained some important key points for making the perfect presentation along with some important DO NOTS  for presentations (which were very funny!)

The Dos!

The key points that I learned was that it is very important to research everything about you presentation and provide the right information to back up your chosen topic. As a group for assignment one, we have to interview a designer who has set up their own business or who is in the midst of doing so!  We have set up to interview with an up and coming fashion designer from Glasgow so this will be our first interview to a professional in the field! After the interview, we will sort through all of our research and answers and then prepare them for our presentation. As well as research, other factors are also important for a presentation such as:

Dress Appropriately ( Dress to impress!) like you would for an interview.

Maintain correct posture and stand correctly so that you avoid swaying!

Adjust your voice so that it fills the whole room…not too quiet but not too loud and scaring people!

Make index cards so you don’t read your presentation slide by slide!

Conclude your presentation properly and thank the audience for their time.

and finally…

Rehearse!

Rehearse!

Rehearse !

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Wake up feeling positive and act like you have all the confidence in the world even if you are secretly terrified inside!

The Do Nots!

This section of the lecture was really funny because our lecturer Mike Press told us some previous presentations he viewed and some of the rather funny presentation do nots! for example :

Do not put your hands in pockets, through hair or anywhere else for that matter! try to keep hand movement to a minimum and keep your hand at your side.

Make sure your appearance is as good as you left before your presentation! such as, try not to go to the bathroom and then forgot to tuck in shirts, blouse  etc…or forget zips! embarrassing moments when you certainly do not need them!

Try not to read your slides slide by slide, word by word!

For my presentation today, I'll be reading the powerpoint slides word for word.

Try to end your presentation properly and not just abruptly end.

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Well that was a few of the insights from last Fridays lecture about presentations and making them work! hope this information helps you as much as I hope it helps me come presentation day.

Thank you for reading!

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Design & The Market

Assignments, Design & The Market

This semester, I am currently taking a module that improves and further develops my knowledge of the business in design. This modules aims to introduce me to the enterprise culture and terminology and how to place the practice of design in a business context. This module will also teach me to develop my entrepreneurial  skills, to enhance my employability and hopefully enhance my skills to set up my own business in the future! (which I know nothing about so this module will be very beneficial to me!).

This module will give me an appreciation of the complexity of enterprise planning, management and will further develop individual group skills in the design and development of new business opportunities and ventures! Also, I will hopefully understand the nature of entrepreneurial activity and practices, appreciate key understanding for designing in the market and for a business and the understanding for both the practical and organisational skills in order to start my own business. This to me sounds like quite a challenging module but I am always up for something challenging so that I can learn from it and become a better designer.

From my last previous lectures, I have learned about what the module will be about and how to prepare ourselves for interviews with entrepreneurs and business representatives. This is in preparation for our first assignment! In our first assignment, we have been split into groups according to discipline (Textiles students, animation student groups etc). For this assignment, we have to research and contact an entrepreneur or design company and then if possible, interview them. We are currently in the midst of arranging a time to interview our designer so until then, we are preparing our questions about the business, design and how they have found working in an industry/starting up one! That is only a couple of example questions but we are awaiting our reply to begin our research into interviewing. After the interview, we will then get our research and answers together and prepare them for presentation.

That was a brief overview of what’s to come from this module so I will post more updates each week about design & the market!

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