Written by: Gretchen Sauer
I can’t believe my internship is finally coming to an end! It’s been a rollercoaster, yet it’s been incredibly rewarding! My final presentation consisted of recommendations and in-depth analysis of new technologies. I was working hard doing practice presentations for several managers and some of my coworkers as well to obtain some feedback and I received a lot of helpful advice that I’d like to share with you.
1. SLOW DOWN. We all tend to talk fast when we’re presenting and that’s natural, but when you’re presenting (and if you have a tendency to talk fast) pause at the important points. If pausing and saying nothing makes you feel uncomfortable, have a water bottle up there and take a drink. This will seem more natural.
2. Be enthusiastic. Sell the information! You know the stuff inside and out, now tell everyone what you’ve learned and what you’ve found and BE EXCITED ABOUT IT! It’s fun, exciting material!
3. “Tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em, Tell ‘em, Tell ‘em what you’ve told ‘em.” This is super important when driving home the main points. Remind the audience again and again why these facts are so important!
4. BE CONFIDENT. You did the work, you’ve done the research and you’ve practiced, practiced and practiced! Show confidence behind what you’re saying!