20/20 – Presenting on a timer

December 16th, 2012 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

In a MBA class, if you are not listening to a lecture or not discussing case chances are you are presenting. Presentations are integral part of the MBA life and beyond. Each person has an individual presentation style. While some prefer more pictures in their presentation while others prefer more words but we all agree avoid information overload – the so called death by presentation.

20/20, also known as PechaKucha, is an interesting presentation format. In this format, every student in the PR class (BUMK 758R) was given a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds (20 slides, 20 seconds each) to present on any topic of his/her choice.

Sounds interesting? Yes it is, only if you are sitting in the audience. This assignment was particularly challenging due to its format.  Spending 20 seconds on each slide and linking each slide to build a story can get tricking. Like everyone, I also struggled initially to come up with theme for the presentation. This is how I approached on preparing my 20/20 slide deck:

  1. Pick a topic I know everything about
  2. Pictures speak thousand words
  3. Keep it simple
  4. Build a story on slide at a time
  5. Practice, Practice, Practice – you can’t wing it

If you are wondering the topic of my presentation, I chose my travels of past 15 years to 8 countries and how it has helped me in my personal and professional life. Surprisingly, once I chose the topic the challenge was not in creating the slides but in sifting through over 100 GB of photos to pick the right ones.

I enjoyed working on this assignment and this presentation format has given me insights on how to make better and compelling presentations.

Abhinav Gupta is a 2013 MBA candidate focusing on Strategic Management. Prior to Smith School, he has worked as a management consultant in Singapore. He is currently a Leadership Fellow with Office of Career Services at Smith School of Business and Vice President of International Student Affairs of MBA Association. In his spare time Abhinav loves to cook and fly kites.

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