Oral Presentation Self Reflection Essay

In my opinion, I would rate my performance during my group’s oral presentation last Thursday (7/4/11), as a 7 upon 10. This scale is constructed with 5 being the quality of the typical oral presentation which I tend to give (based on my memories of presentations given during previous modules). A rating of 1 would be me giving an absolutely horrible presentation while 10 would be basically a perfect and mind-blowing presentation. Hence, I would say that I think I did above average for my oral presentation and am, in general, happy with my performance =). However, I do believe that there is still much room for improvement. An elaboration on this would be in the section titled “Weaknesses and Future Improvements”

Strengths

Since I’ve had the luxury of multiple rehearsals, I believed that I was well prepared for my presentation. This resulted in me feeling that one of the main strengths of my presentation was that my verbal messages were presented quite fluently. Also, I felt that my non-verbal messages, which I believed were communicated primarily via my hand gestures, effectively complemented my verbal messages and I am quite pleased with this. Lastly, I felt that I projected my voice effectively throughout my presentation and this is really the main cause of my satisfaction with my presentation. This is because I’ve received feedback on two occasions, one from Brad during my peer teaching lesson, and the other from my lecturer in a Freshman Seminar module which I took in year one, that the volume of my voice was not loud enough when I was speaking. I’m thus glad that I’ve managed to speak at an appropriate volume. I liked my slides as well, as I felt that its simple layout was easy on the eyes and yet, it still managed to be visually attractive. The credit for this achievement goes to Michael who designed my slides for me =). Having a computer engineer in my team rocks, as you can see haha.

Weaknesses and Future Improvements

Although I spoke fluently in general, the perfectionist in me was not happy that there were a few times when I stumbled over my words and when I had to pause longer than I should to recall my points. Thankfully though such moments were rare (I think). If it was not, please let me know so that I can improve in this area =). Thus, I felt it did not seriously compromise the effectiveness of my presentation. I am persuaded that the greatest weakness of my presentation was that my slides were not always linked to my spoken words in a coherent and clear manner. As such, the audience may have felt confused during certain parts of my presentation. This could have caused them to be unsure of whether their attention should be on my slides or on me in order for them to fully grasp the message that I was trying to put across. This is something which I think Brad has highlighted after my group’s presentation was done. As such, I would really like to improve in this area. One possible way to do so would be for me to scrutinize my slides extremely closely to check for the existence of a clear and logical link between my slides and my speech. Also, I could present in front of different groups of people before the actual presentation date, so that I can get feedback on the coherency and clarity of my slides with respect to my speech.

Comments and constructive criticism are most welcome! =) 

On a separate sheet of paper, type (double-space) your responses to the following:

  • Describe one thing that you did well in this presentation.

  • Describe one thing that you would change about your preparation of this presentation.

  • Comment on the content of your presentation: do you feel that you provided your audience with information that they did not know prior to your presentation? Explain.

  • Comment on your eye contact: was it sufficient? Why or why not? If not, how do you plan to improve your eye contact for your next presentation?

  • Comment on your gestures and movement: were they effective? Why or why not? If not, how do you plan to improve your gestures and movement for your next presentation?

  • Comment on your practice for this presentation: did you practice thoroughly? If you feel that you did not practice thoroughly, how will you modify your practice for your next presentation? Be specific.

  • Please provide an overall assessment of your presentation. Were you satisfied with your presentation? Why or why not?

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