A few months in to grad school and the one thing I have found that you are expected to do in most classes is a presentation. Now, coming from India, the land of mugging up and Engineering colleges, I have only given two presentations in my undergraduate career. But now I have the perfect formula for giving presentations. Having written my share of Anna University exams I found that the strategy that I applied to semester exams in under grad works perfectly in this context. So here are my go points while giving any presentation:
ACT LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT
This is the primary strategy with which we answered Anna University exams. Even if you know only the bare minimum, build on it. It might be gibberish to your ears, but believe in it. Have the confidence that you know exactly what you’re saying.
ACT LIKE THE AUDIENCE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT
Those poor people listening to you talk! They are imbeciles! YOU have to educate THEM. That’s the mantra that should go on inside your head.
How you present yourself is important. If you are feeling unconfident, fake yourself in to thinking you’re the best. That sounds like some weird reverse psychology, I know, but listen to this amazing Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy. You will approach things with a new perspective.
Now for some practical tips:
- Bullet points, keywords and flashcards are your friends. Embrace them.
- Do not hold a piece of paper in your hand and refer to it every chance you get. I used to do that a lot and it was no help.
- Practice a gazillion times. Preferably in front of the mirror.
- And the best advice anyone ever gave me: “Act like you own the
roomworld.” Trust me, it always works.
8 thoughts on “Fake it till you make it”
Story of my life ;) :D
You and me both!
I’ve to agree with the ‘fake it’ bit. That’s exactly what I do when I’m feeling really anxious and unconfident. No one has to know how you feel!
Yes! And feeling anxious really doesn’t help anyone!
Truth. You have to have THE look and Katy Perry’s Roar going on in your head. Eye of the tiger, baby.
Hahaha eye of the tiger, totally!
Presentations – the one thing you learn in a B-school
Presentations – The one thing that get you a job
Presentations – The one thing you are expected to do on your job
Presentations – The one thing that pays for my lifestyle today :)
You know the mantras perfectly!
Oooh! Is that what you do? Glad to know I’m on the right track!