Wednesday, February 15, 2006

How to survive your presentation...

Alright dudes,

Had my presentation on tuesday, AM... I ballsed it up a bit, so I thought Id post some quasi useful nonsense on here about it for you all to browse.

Firstly, get there damn early. Its insane how much those stairs take it out of you when your heart is already beating ten times faster than normal. To prevent sweating, start your ascent at least 15 minutes before you are expected at the top. Take frequent breaks on the way up if you like.

Secondly, definately make sure you dont need the loo before going into the room, its hard to concentrate on explaining the visual language of a certain sized radius to Mr. Bolton when all you can think about is waterfalls, floods and running taps.

Thirdly, dont try and be funny. It seems product design isnt a laughing matter, and sitting through 100 presentations of quivering, over tired rookies is, evidently, even less funny.

Fourth, remember to show them everything you decided you would. This involves keeping a very cool brain and isnt too easy. But you look like a bit of a muppet lugging a gargantuan pile of sketchmodels, drawings and 30+ bits of foam board over to the desk, only to neglect it the entire time... you will also kick yourself when you leave the room.

Finally and fithly, remember that beyond this degree possible employees are, apparently, more interested in what you can do, not a little number on your CV. So just take it in your stride and be happy that your 15 minute presentation might seem like a lifetime, but their 50 hours of listening must seem like an eternity.


Blogger Henry said...

good points mr allen. can i add to the comment abut the stairs, that the smokers among us may wanna add a few more minutes on to that suggested time. It isnt fun on normal days, and its worse on 'the' day.
Had mine today, and all thought they didnt all jump to offer me a job it wasnt as bad as id expected. My tip of the day is dont listen to the person before you who comes out, whilst their discussing their mark. Dan shit me right up, by saying his review didnt go too smooth.
good luck to everyone left to have theres.

9:00 PM, February 15, 2006  
Blogger Henry said...

must also add, sorry i spelt your name wrong! Mr ALLAN.

9:02 PM, February 15, 2006  
Blogger James "Almighty" Allan said...

Yeah, Mr. Baker is right... the bastards coming out done help much. I was the first one of all of them so, although i escaped a peer winding me up, Lefterri did a pretty swell job of it. (thanks for spelling my name right dude. Even my nan gets it wrong.)

12:00 AM, February 17, 2006  

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