Today we had our presentation and it was horrible. I’m not sure if it could have gone any worse. Let’s go true what went wrong.
In the preparation, everybody in my group was assigned their part to work on.
Hans – Interduce the group.
Hans – Recap/ clarify the project, include the main aim
Bryan – We achieved /present our result
Kitty – How we tackled this project, teamwork/individual
Espen – Challenges Issues
Putle – What will you take to the future
We all made the PowerPoint together, and we went through what we were going to say two times before we did it. In theory I believe we were going to do great, and when you have done this much preparation what can go wrong?
It started with Bryan telling him that he could not manage to be at the presentation, we then asked if we could make a video recording of the presentation, but were told that if we were able we should be doing it live. Hans also came and told us he would not be able to come to the presentation, we are now two people down. We decide that they make a prerecorded audio file, and we will play it on the presentation. Everything is now prepared for the meeting, Espen is supposed to have that recording and it the presentation from his computer. He checked it yesterday and everything was working.
Under the presentation, it started with Putle having background noise. We did not get the sound of the recording of Hans and Bryan to work, we had not made a link to YouTube with the recording, we should have done that. After that all went sideways. I did remember some of what Hans and Brian were supposed to say, so I tried to do that, but I guess I panicked a bit and did not remembering all the words. The worst thing here was when we were all done, and we used much more time than we planned, and what we did tell was nodding off about the positive things that we achieve during this project. But what actually hurt me, was that we were told that we did not practice. I practiced four days, and had really done an effort to make this a good presentation. But from my presentation it didn’t look like I had done anything. I want to start to tell the class that I do a lot of preparation beforehand, but to do that will only sound like excuses. And I don’t like excuses, so the best thing I could do was to be silent and take all the criticism.
To be brutally honest it kind of hurt, I even got a bit embarrassed, I like to do things perfectly. But after I was done I needed to think about what I could do to make it get again, and how I can improve my work for next year or for a job. In the future, all of us will be present to do the presentation, if that won’t work we will make a recording. Recording the audio from half the group did not work as planned, so we need to either do the part of the person that can’t come or I don’t see any other option recording because, this did not work.
One of the things I feel that a lot of the groups have an issue with, mine included. We spend a lot of time talking about the things that we did not manage, when we should use time on explaining what we have achieved in the time we have used. It’s good to be reflective to talk about things that should have been done different and a quick line or two about the things that we did not do is get as well, but we can’t keep on talking about the negative all to the presentation because the audience will feel what we are telling them, and it will sound more like excuses instead of achievements.
I am really happy that we do record presentation, because I know you out with what I had I did a good job, and if I did practice everyone’s part I would have done even better. But at the same time that should not be necessary. But for later I think we will write down more of what we would like to say, and drop some of the babbling, the just sounds awkward for the audience. It was a hard lesson, but at least it was something I learned a lot about. And because it hurt a bit, I think I will remember it really well for next time. So even know the presentation did not go as planned, it was a good experience.