Presentation and anticipation
En route to Delhi, 16th February 2012
The next two months will be pretty full on travelling…I am in the lounge waiting for the boarding announcement for my flight to Delhi as I write this entry and upload later tonight in delhi. I must say that I have managed my travelling pretty well lately but we are entering the “busy season” again, traditionally with a lot of work and happenings between Chinese New Year and the European Summer Season when things will quiet down again.
I have a major presentation to the Delhi government tomorrow, so fingers crossed. Right now I have been putting a hand to the final touches running through the presentation again making sure I anticipate possible questions and queries. To me a good presentation has its foundation in the preparation and anticipation. You don’t make a presentation as an ego trip, you make a presentation to satisfy your (potential) client’s expectations of (wanting to) hiring you. Clients are good in shooting holes in your story if you have not anticipated their requirements or not carefully analysed their design brief. Time (tomorrow) will tell if I did a good job….
Though I am confident about my presentation, which was put together over the last 3 months, I will run through one more time tonight, probably reshuffling some sequences. I am always like that, up till minutes before a presentation (if new information presents itself or I get a different feel of my audience), I may re-arrange my presentation to suit. I can’t really show you my presentation (due to confidentiality and competition 🙂 ). The worst presentations are the ones that have slides you can’t read or see what’s on it as it istoo much and too small! I am sure you have seen those….? Keep it simple lots of illustrations, with easy to read text if needed, you do the talking :).
Light Watch 3-21: Presentations are very much like a stage play, there has to be focus, ambiance and a plot, a storyline so to speak. Using lighting terms; visual guidance, logical sequence (controls), high lighting of features, creating contrasts, architectural rhythm and modularity all apply to a presentation, just like the lighting in stage play. The right dimensions and proportions are critical to understand the space. The actors are centre stage and so are you as the presenter, with your client as the audience.