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@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! 

Find the video companion to this post right here.

The first 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 remaining days. 

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.

While you 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.

The usage 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.

Good luck!

- Mariana