“Earth swallow me whole” …you say? Both teamwork and presenting a workshop can be challenging activities. I am a sucker for presentation stresses so here…this should help 🙂
‘Presentation Abilities’ are in huge demand and the events industry in particular thrives on such transferable skills:
- Input at Informal Work Meetings
- Pitching an Event
- Presenting Projects and Ideas
…these activities require expertise which are used in many industries worldwide.
I am going to share with you my project reflection for a 50-minute workshop delivery on ‘finance and fundraising within the events industry’. Teamwork processes and tutor feedback reflection will give you an idea of how to go about this type of project.
Working On Excellence
- Working as a team can be difficult attributable to a variety of personalities within the group (REF). Looking into the big five personality traits can be an effective tool to understand the varied personalities and how to manage them whilst working alongside them (REF). It is rare to have the option to choose who you work with within the events industry, so recognising these personalities and how to communicate with each type could be the difference between a happy or an unhappy team.
- Tutor feedback highlighted that there was a clear sign of good teamwork. Our teamwork success involved;
1.Working with our strengths and weaknesses: these can be utilised to their best abilities for the different tasks throughout the project. i.e Best speakers = Leading speakers and Prezi pro = Prezi slide creation etc.
2.Breaking down the subject into different topics and allocating them individually – keep in mind people’s topic interests when allocating.
- Other commitments in life made it very difficult for us to meet regularly or as a complete group. This created issues such as incorrect topic research and uncertainty of how we would connect the topics together. I believe that had we spent more time together, our delivery could have been better organised.
Communication is Key = Avoid misunderstandings and waste of precious time, within the real world of the events industry this could cost you!!
- On the grounds that our subject area was a ‘dry topic’ which made it ‘difficult to be innovative’ and ‘a challenging topic to engage’ (assessors), it was essential to research interesting content to present. Initial preparation of brainstorming both topic and workshop ideas was effective. This way all thoughts were down on paper and we could eliminate and select what we wanted as a group.
- Assessor feedback highlighted ;
- relevant content
- wide selection of secondary research sources
- good use of contemporary events as case studies.
Aside from the unexciting bit of verbalising the relevant facts and figures…the use of discussions surrounding the case studies kept the audience interested and engaged.
- Excellence in the delivery of a workshop presentation means to keep your audience interested whilst filling their brains with knowledge of your subject. As we knew our topic wasn’t particularly going to rock anybody’s world, we introduced a quiz as our opening activity – sounds riveting right? – well actually this worked to alert the audience into listening from the get go.
- Using a variety of activities and discussions will keep the attention of your audience. We used a technology tool called padlet, and fun games with prizes as incentives (chocolate & sweets!!). Closing with a question-time to win these treats allowed both us as teachers and the participants to reflect on what they had learnt and what was unclear from the workshop.
- Immediate engagement
- Continuous audience participation and incentives
- Use of up-to-date software (such as prezi and padlet)
- Final reflection with the audience
Here is a little extra for you. I created my very own anagrammatic framework using the word ‘PLANS’ (clever right?!) for our presentation nerves…
Prepare: Brainstorm ideas. Prepare your structure…I found Simon Sinek’s ‘How to Begin Your Presentation‘ a very useful and interesting listen!!
Learn: Learn your stuff. Read beyond your subject. Feel confident with what you are talking about.
Act: Practise! Imagine you are the confident speaker you want to be, the more you act it out, the more confident you will feel – I am a reader, I have to have my script in front of me, but this technique will allow you to learn your lines so your eyes are not stuck to the page.
Narrate: You are the narrator, you are not the centre of attention – the information you are delivering, the slides you are presenting are. Let the knowledge flow through you.
Serve: Deliver the subject matter in an interesting manner. Use contemporary presentation tools and creative presentation ideas to serve what you want your audience to learn, on a silver platter. Click here to see our class padlet for ideas.
Within the events industry, these transferable skills are indispensable when communicating ideas. So good luck to us for our future projects.
Thank you for reading!!