Week 10- The Art of the pitch

Before todays lecture we were given an opportunity to work on our projects. At 1 we had a lecture from Kyle on the Art of pitching which was similar to the previous one we got the Week before. So it was a good refresher and new and different insight to pitching. In today’s   class we covered all the important points needed to help pitch.

When presenting it’s important to plan our work. We must:

  • be prepared what we will say.
  • As well as this have a good story starting with a Beginning, middle and End
  • This presentation must be: Coherent, Simple and memorable.
  • use clear languages which is easy to understand.

Famous examples of famous speakers who give good pitches are:

  • JFK
  • Whiston Churchill
  • Obama
  • Make sure your speech you make is tweetable
  • Consider the key points in Speech
  • Plan the Narrative- Sketch and write out content on paper. This will help structure your work.
  • Rough cut your work
  • You want to know your audience and what you want to talk about. Tip: know your material.

Give you story form:

Slides and Alternative- Slides divert gaze from the audience and shows your work visually.

Applications we could use for our slideshow are keynote, PowerPoint or Google Slides.

  • When presenting Less is more. Don’t overload our slides with Information.
  • Don’t have too much text throughout
  • Make sure you use images as it makes it more engaging and creates a visual effect
  • Don’t include too many slides
  • Importantly practice makes perfect and check for spelling and grammar mistakes
  • Make sure your content lineup

As well as this when doing a presentation its good to use supporting material which you can give out at end. For example print out slides as a backup.

Some Rhetorical Techniques I can use is: Repetition, Rhetorical Questions, Metaphor and Humour

To help with confidence its good to practice what you are saying. A good exercise to do is breathe the room.

Delivery is important slowing and clearly

  • Try to deal with nerves
  • Show enthusiasm and try engage with the audience.
  • Own the stage-command the room
  • Organize your audience. Make sure they sit together
  • Consider personal appearance and keep yourself tidy this will also help with self-confidence
  • When presenting make sure to Introduce Yourself at the presentation.
  • Use a Script or Not?
  • Use hand gestures
  • use your eyes
  • use some humour
  • use quotes or Images
  • lets end with a story

Today we see bad slide Decks.

Follow these points above to ensure the slide decks are efficient.  Its a method not a tool.

Kyle told us we’ll be pitching our work to him in Week 13 so we need to be well prepared for it. This presentation will be a 10 minute pitch.

I will try my best to follow all these guidelines and hopefully make my presentation and pitch a success. I want to do my very best. These tips will help me a lot for not only this presentation but future ones. I think today’s lecture give more confident and help me to remain calm in terms of my pitch as the closer it gets the more anxious I feel. I know what to do to help me breathe and what to do to give a great lecture.

After Kyle’s lecture we had a talk from Rosin and one of the placement students working from Core Systems who are based in Crumlin Road Belfast. There work is very interesting and different from sort of work that we are used to seeing. They work with the Criminal Justice Sector world wide and visit local prisons to get there own feedback so they know how to design the system for a certain audience. I thought this was very interesting. They have one job role going at the moment. It’s easy to apply just send the CV and portfolio to them. I will make sure to apply as I want to try apply for as many places as possible.

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