Presentation skills are essential in the creative field. You will have to sell your ideas to your teammates, boss and clients, over and over again. The more persuasive you are, the more successful you will be. Not everyone likes to speak in public, but keeping focused on what you need to say eases some of the worry. It usually helps if you stick to a loose “script” that you can rehearse ahead of time. Your presentation should be short and sweet, and it should explain your reasoning. You can have a great project but if you don’t sell it, the perception of the project could fall short. You could have a horrible project, but selling it up, showing its strong points – these can increase the positive perception of the project. You learned a lot and put a great deal of work and effort into these creations: be proud of them!
Remember that you will be graded for your presentation in this class – and this grade is all about the presentation. Show me your project. Tell me what’s great about it.
What to Talk About
When presenting your work, talk about the following:
- What was the inspiration for your project idea
- What were the steps you took in creating the final product?
(describe the planning/reasoning)
- What did you want to accomplish? What adaptations/changes did you make along the way?
- What problems did you encounter? How did you solve them?
- What was your biggest takeaway from this project? (what did you learn best/most/blew your mind)
- Tell me how much and what (specifically) you learned from doing this project.
- Tell me how you can apply this knowledge when making interactivity for websites.
- Tell me now that you know what you know, what would you do differently
- Where did you get your assets?
- Demo your game from start to finish
- Speak on ways that the game could be expanded, or future plans for the game
On presentation day, both in class and in the real world, use the following guidelines:
- Dress for the occasion (business casual: this does not mean jeans – no matter how fancy – are cool)
- Be prepared to present and talk about your project using the above points
- Be prepared to discuss what you might change now that you know what you know, and what your biggest takeaway from the project is