In the events industry there are a number of vital skills, presenting is one of these essential skills. with regards to its relevance to our degree. we have had to pitch business ideas, events and event investigations to lecturers and potential investors. in our final year we have had to prepare and deliver a 50-minute lecture on a subject we have chosen that has a relevant and in date contemporary issue surrounding it.
As a keen sportsmen I was very interested in the recent events of 2012, The Olympics and as a student I became very interested in the urban development of the areas surrounding the venues, especially as I am local to some of the areas that held some of the events with this in mind I decided to sign up for urban development as a contemporary issue.
As a group, we wanted to have a closer look at what events industry experts have already implemented, what the existing standards are and what we, as future professionals, can add to the industry.
I am now going to share some of the things I have learnt from the experience of delivering a lecture. below I will list some of the advice I was given and some advice I would give to students who are yet to deliver a lecture.
The first thing we did as a group was list our objectives. It is important to do this early this way your able to deliver on them. We put together a presentation that we felt was well structured and was going to be success. Each of us then took on a piece of material we all felt interested us so we felt confident when presenting. At the start of the lecture we set out our aims and learning objectives and revisited these at the end of the class to show how these where achieved. In the book “Successful presentation skills” written by Andrew Bradbury he says “it is important to draw up the description of your objectives in one short sentence and then make sure that you deliver it.” I feel this helped us deliver a successful lecture.
2 – Up to Date Information and Rehearsal Times
Relevant and up to date information plays a huge part in the success of a lecture without the correct knowledge there is nothing. In the lecture we discussed a number of things such as the urban regeneration of East London. However, during the lecture we did forget to mention a number of things that where of importance, this is probably due lack of rehearsal time. Without the information we left out it drastically changed our chances of getting a better grade. I would highly recommend that rehearsal time is taken seriously for anybody taking a lecture. Tim Vine does a funny video on the importance of rehearsal which emphasises how important rehearsing is in a light hearted and humorous way hyperlinked here.
3 – Visual Aids
During the lecture as a team we used graphs and other visual aids such as charts, images and videos to illiterate our points. I felt this changed the way our lecture went as it wasn’t just sitting there listening to us mutter on and it broke the lecture down into bite size chunks.
4 – Quiz
We started our lecture off with a quiz which we felt got the audiences brains and minds working productively before we started giving them the facts and figures of urban development we got positive marks from it I would highly recommend anyone who would be doing this in the future to add a quiz into there lecture. I felt the audiences participation was very good and helped us with this.
5 – Expert
After speaking with colleagues from the year above and the same year I regret that we didn’t try to get a expert from the industry in as a guest speaker this would have highly increased our grade. I would highly recommend this to others
The Do Not’s
1 -Read From the Slides.
I am aware this is pointing out the obvious but do not read from the slide it makes you look like you do not know what you are talking about and are unaware of what you are speaking about – this does not look professional!
When taking the lecture make sure you speak slowly and clearly so you can be understood/ it is important to rehearse and as previously mentioned take the time to rehearse as a group so you are correctly collaborated and work well together.
When deciding which tools to choose for learning I highly recommend looking at Keith Tyler’s document “tools for learning”
What have I learned that I value the most?
From the I have learnt that audience engagement is very important – keep the audience busy and entertained and encourage them to explore the topic themselves. Audience interaction is vital.