My heart was racing and my palms were sweaty when my professor pressed record and I began to present.
This past week in my MCOM class, we focused on improving our presentation skills. We prepared a two and half minute presentation about any topic that we liked. We presented in two rounds with each round being recorded. Our grade was determined by our improvement from the first round to the second.
For round one, I was nervous to present and intimidated by being recorded. However, after I finished presenting and had gone home, I watched myself on the video and read the comments left by my fellow classmates. I had always considered myself a good public speaker and felt like I couldn’t identify what were the things I could improve on. As I watched, my classmates helped me learn how to improve my presentation by telling me things I had not noticed or thought of before.
I wrote down the suggestions to improve from my classmates and practiced them over and over again.
By the second round, I felt more relaxed and prepared. I knew that I had improved and I gave my two and a half minute presentation with confidence.
As I give presentations in the future, I know the best way to improve my presentation skills is to practice, receive feedback and practice some more. Becoming a better presenter will help me more successful in whatever industry I find myself in.