Planning 10 minute presentation to show process for Portfolio site and for Elements project

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Ok, so this is me planning my very first 10 minute pitch of my work infront of Kyle and Chris for IXD301. Quickly planning my pitch allowed me to choose what’s going to be on each slide, this kept me right in my process for my portfolio and for my elements project so far. I was able to get the necessary critiques to apply to my 301 work before submitting.

However from my presentation one of the main defaults wasn’t the work it was my skills Presenting, as it was my first proper pitch I was very nervous I learnt that I fidget a lot and don’t make a lot of eye contact. I need to be more confident stand tall and use the paint the walls method, another thing about my presentation was that it was only 8 minutes, meaning I only talked about my portfolio for 3 minutes, this is something that I can improve in the future by timing myself days before the presentation, it will also help my words naturally flow as I will knkw exactly what I’m saying about each of my process.

CONSIDERING STEPS FOR MY NEXT PITCH.

1) Warm up.

Professional athletes and performers always warm up before an important event. Getting some physical activity in before you pitch your idea will prepare your body, voice, and nervous system for the physical demands of the meeting. You will be loose in your body and feel more relaxed.

2)Be prepared

If you aren’t prepared the day of the pitch, you haven’t done your work. Practice several days before, so you aren’t scrambling to remember the details of your pitch. Use the time before your meeting to calm your nerves and relax your body. Rehearsing moments before can often trigger more nerves and self doubt.

3) Don’t look down.

Staring at the ground can trigger more nerves. Looking out into the room focuses your attention on the present moment. When you are focused on the present moment, fear and nerves have less power to overwhelm you.

4) Do not slouch.

Slouching makes it harder for you to breathe. When your body cannot breathe easily, you get more nervous. Sitting or standing at your full height, with a broad chest and shoulders, allows your ribs and diaphragm to move with your breath. This also makes you look confident as you deliver your pitch.

5) Say “Ahh.”

Holding your breath is a common response to nerves that will only make you more nervous. Letting breath out with an “ahh” sound slows your breath rate, which slows your heart rate, which, in turn, calms your nervous system. This also helps your neck muscles, shoulder muscles and muscles around your ribcage release during the out breath.

6) Before you begin, take a moment to be still and quiet.

Even if it is 5 minutes, some quiet still time before you walk into a pitch meeting will focus you and your attention on what you need to accomplish. You can collect your thoughts so your delivery is clear. Taking a brief moment (2 – 3 seconds) before you actually begin speaking, focuses your listener’s attention as well.

7) Slow down.

Many people rush when they get nervous. Your listeners miss important information when you rush and can feel your nervous energy. When you slow down, your listeners literally have more time to process what you are saying. You can better process what you are saying and can stay focused on your talking points.

8) Unclench your jaw.

Clenching your jaw will make you feel more agitated, uptight, and maybe even defensive. Unclench your jaw by allowing your lower teeth to release away from your upper teeth. Letting breath out of your mouth also encourages the jaw to release.

9) Let go of unnecessary tension in your neck and shoulders.

The first place fear and nerves show up in your body is in the neck and shoulders. Slowly and gently letting your shoulders to release down away from your ears and into width will help you to relax. Allowing your neck muscles to release can lower your blood pressure, make it easier to breathe and make you look at ease.

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