Your senior project presentations are only two weeks away, and many of you have shared that you feel nervous, anxious and unsure about your performance and public speaking skills. Over the next two weeks we will be practicing and preparing for your presentation – I want you to feel as comfortable speaking in front of a class as possible, and to feel confident in the presentation you have assembled. Many of you have put in a lot of work, time, and effort into your senior project, and should be proud of what you’ve accomplished and excited to share it with others.
First, let’s assess how nervous you are, and which areas you’re concerned about. Click here to follow the nervousness-flowchart to determine where you should focus.
Below you’ll find two videos that provide examples of good student presentations, and poor student presentations, with suggestions on how to be successful and combat anxiety.
Once you’ve followed the steps on the flow chart, click here to review the powerpoint I’ve created for you as an example of how to set up your senior project presentation. You do not have to use powerpoint – you can use Prezi, or any other software you feel comfortable with for your presentation. Be sure to incorporate handouts, physical/tactile visual aids, or event audience participation during you presentation.
Finally, be sure to click here and review the rubric for presentation – I’ve also given you all feedback on your practice presentations in class that you should review.
Remember, we can work on building your public speaking skills, but if you have not completed your project or put in the work to grow and learn from the experience, there isn’t really any ‘trick to presenting’ that will cover that up. Be sure to use the time you have these last two weeks to finish up any loose ends and put the finishing touches on your project!