5 DON’TS When Presenting in Class 📝

Don’t make them feel ignorant.

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I am having a second row of blog post because oh, well. My thoughts and ideas just keep on flowing and we gotta make the most out of them!

Today, we had a real bloody [for me] lecture in Special Commercial Law and I got bored or uninterested in the middle because: First, I wasn’t able to read the topic [Securities Regulation Code], and second, I was expecting that somehow, the reporter would make us understand it in a way that a non-CPA would. Because, man, we finished different degrees and we exercise varying work. In short, not all of us are CPAs. I was kind of waiting or hoping that this ‘first view’, apart from being basic, would be comprehensive enough for the benefit of the whole class.

But to my disappointment, I hadn’t found an atmosphere of common ground because the report revolved around the law itself with only few practicable applications. Of course, since majority of the class are not CPAs, and especially when we had no or less time to read, most of us had a hard time. Hmmmn…or was it only me?

I, also, observed that we felt left behind on technical matters that only the experts among the class knew. The reporter and a CPA classmate had a discourse or questioning all throught the reporting which made me conclude: “They could be the only persons understanding each other here.”

So I had to get my phone and tweet my notions while the discourse went on…and on. Then, I planned to just read the topic.

Because of this incident and based on experience, let me give you a short list of DON’Ts when reporting in class or presenting to an audience:

1. Find something that the class relates to. 

2. Don’t make them feel ignorant.

  

3. Don’t focus on a single person, alone. It’s a report or presentation, NOT a display of skills. 


4. Aim to have your audience better understand your topic. 


5. Do not be afraid to entertain questions. 


Oh, I am way too eloquent tonight to express my views! As usual, I got the idea from my tweets. Thank you, Twitter! 🙈🙉

Remember: As a reporter, your main purpose is to facilitate, not to exacerbate. 🙂

💌,

SAM