Upon scavenging the library racks for useful sources on design ideas, I came across a book essentially enterprising for students who constantly fail to comply with expectancies posed by critics. After spending the entire afternoon flicking through and trying to absorb the essence of its contents, I was able to procure the highlights into condensed notations which expresses the key ideas transpired by the authors.
However, I’d still highly propose that if given the resources, do have a first-hand read at this book because the compilation below is a personal extraction of what speaks importance to me. Though seen as blatantly obvious and probably common sense, I think these are usually the lackluster ingredients missing from student’s presentation. The extractions are divided into three phases of reviews: planning, practicing and suggested techniques during the commencement of a review.
Before proceeding to mastering the techniques of presentation-giving-absolution, one should first understand the purpose of conducting a review. A review is an evaluation to showcase your ability to fulfill the objectives of a project and a chance to explain your personal objectives to the critics. If you are successful in implementing this, chances are your presentation won’t steer the listeners into misinterpretations of your project intentions; setting the tone of understanding right throughout the presentation.
Planning A Review
- Who is presenting?
Are you the sole presenter, or is there a group of presenters that needs the presentation segregated into fractions?
- Who are you presenting to?
- How long have you got?
- Where are you presenting and how much space have you got?
- What is the purpose of the review?
- What are the main ideas/ concepts that you want to get across?
- How does your work connect with existing knowledge?
- How have you addressed the aims and objectives of the project?
- What do you want to get out of it?
A successful presentation ties together the visual and the verbal presentations of the project in one cohesive whole.
- 2D visuals on the wall facing the audience should be able to speak for itself even if a verbal presentation is required.
- Projector presentations should be well-formatted
- Video production is an easy way to make the presentation seem well-prepared but prevents interaction with the audience.
- 3D visuals would ignite physical interactions from the audience.
- Displays around a table can develop discussions among listeners, making it more casual.
Practicing for a review
- your opening punch line; is it confident and directive enough?
- jargon; it is annoying
- communication of complex ideas in an understandable manner
Do’s and Don’t’s during a review
- Body language
- Use your body
- Use your face
- Tone of voice
- Be yourself
You probably don’t want to look like a terrible mess at the twilight of your efforts; staying focused and fresh can probably win you a couple of points for looking the part.
- Dealing with interruptions – perhaps you’d like to mention early during your presentation that you’d appreciate questions and comments at the end of the session. Anyhow, you can choose to deal with interruptions as politely and swiftly as possible to prevent the audience from being strayed too far from your presentation.
- Don’t start by apologising – you are making yourself look pathetic! You have already put so much time and effort into your project, the biggest turn-off would be to start saying “Oh, maybe the drawing isn’t properly illustrating…” or “I think this part can be better but…” or “I don’t think you can see this but…”. Be confident; there’s no need to downgrade yourself by highlighting the weaknesses of your work.
- Don’t speak too casually – no matter what the occasion, it is important to have a sense of professionalism; remember that you are the speaker and you’d want to command respect as a presenter.
- Don’t ramble just to fill up time – by talking less, the audience are able to take in more.
- Don’t be afraid to say ‘I don’t know’ – it is better than inventing an answer.
- Don’t finish on a weak point – prepare a confident ending and pause to say ‘thank you’.
- Make eye contact with the audience
These were the culminations that I’m able to contemplate after going through the book. I view these mentioned aspects as something architecture students can use to catapult themselves beyond their existing level of presentation skills, ending their projects on a better note. So often students put in so much into a project and falter pitifully at the very end of a review, hence, this entry should serve as a guidance to be more prepared for a presentation.