The NUS Workshop: Thrill Your Audience with That Killer Presentation

I was at my alma mater, NUS i.e. National University of Singapore last wednesday for a workshop on ‘Killer Presentations’ organized by the NUS Career Centre. We had a good response (60 out of the 100 registrants showed up which fits with the usual 60% response expectation I generally have with all free workshops).
As for the content itself, the workshop’s focus was purely on 1 thing – The ‘Approach‘ to a ‘Killer’ Presentation. And we focused on the approach by working on our own Self Introductions. The idea was that if you learnt how to approach your own self introduction at the end of the 90 minutes and make it a ‘killer’ self introduction, you could do the same with any presentation!
Slides and Video:
(This is an edited version of the slides – they would hopefully provide a snapshot for those who are interested in the topic and help all the attendees as well.)
In addition, we were well organized enough to actually have videos of the event as well. These are now on Youtube. Click here to go to the video.
Content available Online:
2 of our break outs revolved around content from 2 great videos online. They were
1. BNET’s analysis on ‘How to Present like Steve Jobs’ (Click Here)
2. Simon Sinek’s TEDx talk on ‘How Great Leaders Inspire Action’ (Click Here)
Reception:
Overall, the workshop was well received with an average rating of 8.4/10 – which I take as being in the ‘Very Good’ zone. There was lot of good feedback about the content and the style and it did feel like everyone benefited. I am very glad about that.
My Learnings:
As always, quite a few learning points –
People learn most when you let them take action. They key here is to create an environment where they feel encouraged to take shots. We had 10 brave souls take a shot at their self introductions in front of the group. And aside from the fact that they gave it their best, they probably took LOTS away from the experience as well!
I am glad this was a ‘workshop’. Things i.e. ‘work’ got done. It was nice to go through the whole action and debrief process with everyone. Reinforced the importance of this iterative process to me.
– Interestingly, the biggest gripe from the participants was that the air conditioning was too cold (~ Half the group!). A big one for me – monitoring the environment is key.
– We didn’t take photos! We were so focused on putting a video together that we forgot about photos. And we thought we were well prepared.. 🙂
The principle of (Preparation)^3 -> Action -> (Follow Up)^2 holds true in these things. The workshop took a fair amount of preparation and follow up. The easiest part, as always, was the stage performance i.e. the Action. The other 2 are always underestimated..
Understanding yourself helps. In my case, as driven and excited as I was to facilitate this (it IS a pet topic!), I was even more excited to work with an old teammate who was keen to learn how to get workshops done. So, I requested him to join.. and it was a win-win there.
And this very talented young man, EB (see his sketching and book learning websites) was an important reason the workshop went well – not only because he helped out with the back end but also because he gave me that extra bit of drive.
– You never get anywhere alone. Special Thanks to friends – Abishek, Shweta and Nishanth for helping on and before the day.
All in all, it was a fun experience. I learnt a lot from it. Due thanks to Allan Seow from the NUS Career Centre for making it happen.
Note to the Participants:
Thank you so much for making it! It was a lot of fun and I am hoping you learnt something practical that you have already begun to apply in your lives.
Do leave any additional comments you might have and/or any learnings. Looking forward to staying in touch!

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