From the Intern’s Desk: The Presentation
Squash your nerves and knock it out of the park.
When I was tasked with researching and delivering a presentation on competitors in the luxury spa market, I was, admittedly, quite intimidated. To avoid letting my anxiety inhibit my creativity and productivity, I started by following a few tips from this post, and then I got down to business. I’m happy (and proud!) to say I knocked it out of the park—and learned a few key lessons along the way.
1. Research, research and research some more
I started with Google Trends to see how luxury spas have gathered interest over time. Then I extended my search to social media, where I could get an up-close look at what other spa brands are out there and how they meet their customers’ needs.
2. Ask for a review of your research
Before I turned my research into a full presentation, I wrote a detailed report of my findings and sent it to my boss to review. She gave me a clear sense of what she was looking for in my presentation, so I was able to refine my work.
After finalizing my presentation slides, I practiced my speech, making sure I hit my main talking points for each slide. I checked out the room where I’d be delivering my research, and got familiar with the area in which I’d be standing. It may seem like overkill, but the better prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be.
4. Keep it concise, polished and professional
I recorded myself rehearsing the presentation and listened to it. I avoided using filler words like “um” and “like,” and, instead, took pauses to gather my thoughts and think more clearly.
5. Leave time for questions and ask for feedback
Allow everyone time to ask questions. If you don't know the answer to a question, make a point of researching it and following up with the person who asked. After the presentation, ask for feedback on the things you did well and talk about what you could improve on for the next time. After all, you’re an intern—you’re there to learn!