By Andrew F.
I first started participating in public presentations two years ago. My first presentation was about how to draft a fantasy football team and it took place on Zoom. I just finished my second presentation which was held in person. Presenting on Zoom was much easier and less intimidating than presenting in person, because I was in the comfort of my home and communicating on the computer. This year presenting in person was a much tougher task. Although I had a positive experience my first year, I was surprised at how nervous I was. I was able to stay composed and once I started the nervousness disappeared. It may have helped to hold something in my hand while presenting. However, it was a relief to finish and watch the other presenters. One of the things I enjoyed most about this experience was listening to the other presentations and learning from the variety of topics and styles of presentation.
I strongly encourage anyone who is doing a public presentation to start it as early as possible. Preparing it last minute can lead to a less than admirable presentation, and cuts out the time you have to practice. Practicing it several times helps the presentation flow well and makes the presenter feel more comfortable when speaking in front of an audience. For both presentations, I waited until the last minute before I started and regretted it both years. The preparation was stressful and although the presentation went well, I felt that it could have been better.
Another suggestion for those is to pick a good topic to present. Picking your topic may be your most important decision. Choose a topic that you are passionate and knowledgeable about because it makes this project more enjoyable. This year I chose to speak about the playing career of Lebron James because I thought it would be cool speaking about one of the coolest basketball players ever. As a result, I felt more motivated to create my presentation.
Few people look forward to public presentation time, but I highly encourage anyone who hasn’t to do so because when it’s finished it is very rewarding. Walking out of the building and knowing you’re done is a great feeling to have. Just know that you are learning an important skill that you’ll use for the rest of your life.