At the beginning of Effective Communication, I set the goal of organizing my thoughts properly to be more succinct in the way I write and speak. I enjoyed the oral presentation as it was a great experience to test out and practice my presentation skills. The main criticism I received regarding my presentation was my fidgeting, talking speed, and delivery.
During the presentation, fidgeting was a form of a coping mechanism to mask my nervousness. I initially thought that it was not much of an issue, but it distracted the audience from my verbal speech. Additionally, for the majority of my presentation, I was not facing my audience fully, alienating the other half of my audience.
Aside from fidgeting, I was feeling zealous to present. As a result, I was unaware of how fast I spoke. I also failed to foresee the abrupt change of pace when I handed over to my teammates to speak.
For subsequent presentations, I will be more conscious of my non-verbal cues, facing my body towards the audience and remember not to fidget too much. For future group presentations, I will have to be conscious of my speed for a smoother transition between me and my teammates.
To conclude, this presentation is my favourite assignment and I enjoyed the experience very much. I learnt that everyone experiences pre-presentation jitters and it is how one manages the stress and nervousness that makes the difference. I established my flaws and strengths, practiced my presentation skills while discovering new flaws I never knew I had to further improve my communication skills.