@gro-ggy commissioned me to draw a set of Esmeralda pictures from @shenanimation‘s Scalie Schoolie for a friend of hers. Esmeralda has a very fun body type and I’m a fan of all of Shen’s work so it was just all in all a blast to draw!
thing you should in order to nail a presentation is organize and schedule the days in
which you wish to work on your assignment. I always recommend at least four
days prior to the presentation day, so you can thoroughly prepare your speech
and practice until you perfect it. Save those days to work hard on your assignment
and you will feel much more confident during your public speech. Always remember to break down your assignment into smaller tasks and divide them between the
Day One: In your
first day you should read and study the materials which were appointed as the groundwork of
your speech. Skim lightly through the text and then analyse it more thoroughly,
annotating the major arguments and most relevant aspects of the author’s dissertation.
This first analysis is of the utmost importance, as it lets you understand
the overall framework of the thesis and the main themes of whatever you are
going to talk about. Make sure you understand the basis of your presentation
well, before moving on and starting creating your speech.
analyse the text, make sure to use external resources to further complete your
knowledge on the subject. If you come across any words that you feel unsure
about, don’t forget to check out a dictionary or encyclopedia and research on the subject.
There’s nothing worse than incorporating an unknown term during a public speech
and being called out on it.
Day Two: In
the second day, you should start preparing the outline of your speech. This is
where your creativity will come across – after understanding the materials, you
now have the freedom to create your presentation, choosing in which order you
want to present different ideas and premises and the manner in which you will
use to explain them; either by formally defining your subject or by giving
illustrative examples of whatever you are talking about. If you are talking
about something very abstract, try to simplify your language and include a more
practical approach to your speech. During this time, I like to make a list of
all the points I want to cover during my presentation so I can use it during
the next step.
Day Three: In
the third day I formally draft my final speech. I normally type it down so I
can re-arrange it as I go along and I will consult the to-do list I made the
day before to make sure I am able to include all the topics I wish to talk about during my
presentation. What I usually do is create an extensive, thorough text, in
which I will base my presentation and number each paragraph, in bullet form.
Afterwards, I will create a simple outline with numbered topics – and each
number will indicate a paragraph from the extensive document. When I speak in
public, I like to have that outline in front of me, to help me as I go along.
If I read a topic from the outline and forget what I had to talk about,
referring to that topic, I will just quickly jump to the other document, using
the number I wrote to identify the paragraph to refresh my memory.
Day Four: In
the last day, I will only practice my presentation. My analysis is complete, I
am absolutely certain about the structure of the speech and now I just need to
make sure I can present it adequately without forgetting any of the major
topics. In order to practice, I will set an alarm for the amount of time the
lecturer gave us or the time I think is effective to present whatever I will be
talking about. Using a timer is the best method to make sure you are talking at
a good pace and assessing the fluidity of your speech. If you talk for too
long, you will lose your audience but if your presentation is too short, you
risk delivering a poor approach on the subject.
of a timer and speaking out loud will also let you assess whether certain parts
of your speech are useful or not. I normally tend to cut down almost 20% of my
speech during this last day because I normally find tons of information
unnecessary or just plain boring. This is also a principle that applies to
essays and other written assignments – make sure the content of your work is
just enough to deliver the day but without giving unnecessary details.