The foundation stones for a successful presentation journey

Welcome to the first session of your introduction to presentations. Today, we'll explore what we exactly mean with the term "Presentation" and what it stands for.   

All set? Let's go then.   

The giving of something to someone, especially as a part of a formal ceremony. -Google  

A process of presenting a topic to an audience. It is a demonstration, introduction, lecture, or speech meant to inform, persuade or build goodwill.  

- Wikipedia  

You must have been introduced to presentations in school, college, or the organization where you work. Do you remember the project presentation you gave to your professor during your project? Or the sales pitch that your team gave to your client? Noticeably or not, you must definitely have come across presentations in your life.

In fact, this very course is one form of presentation about presentations.  

Now, let us break it down further to understand it better.   

Here’s how we define it in a nutshell: 

A presentation is an act of communication with the intended audience through a relevant medium to inform, persuade or build goodwill.  

And in this process, communication, intention, and relevance have their own way of interaction:  

Communication: Visuals, smell, sound, touch, taste  

The communication you are making and its medium impacts the way an information is being perceived.

Intention: Willing to attend to you

Understanding your intention as well as the intended audience helps with the clarity of thought and assures that your thoughts are being communicated.

Relevance: Physical (Conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.), Digital (Internet, TV, screens, etc.)

Every presentation needs relevance, which is contextual to the situation, platform, goal, and the audience you have chosen to present to.  

A presentation can also be used as a broad phenomenon that encompasses other communication engagements such as making a speech on stage, or getting your thoughts through in a meeting. 

A presentation requires you to get a message across to the listeners and will often contain a 'persuasive' element. It may, for example, be a talk about the positive impact of the project you developed, what you could offer a client or a customer, or why you should be allocated a big budget for a project.  

An example that demonstrates the purpose of a presentation

Let us assume that you have spent years building a product that aids cooking in Indian households. You have also managed to arrange a meeting with an investor who is willing to offer you the monetary support for sale and distribution of your product.

  • How would you proceed towards convincing the investor? 
  • What aspects do you need to talk about? 
  • Do you need to add an element of taste that helps him connect with the product better? 
  • What information do you need to communicate with them, and how? 

The result of that meeting majorly depends on how you present yourself & your product.   

Now, the question that further arises is: How?  

To find the answer to that, wait till we get back to you!  

Note from the educator: 

Here are the basics of a presentation. Understanding what a presentation is lays the foundation stone for your journey through the world of presentations. In the upcoming session we'll explore more on the relationship of a human mind with presentations. Until then, feel free to explore more on your own, and if you do have any query, you can write back to me anytime!  

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