Before starting my Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business Administration, I didn’t have much experience with presenting other than a few small projects in school. Part of the level 2 course required us to develop and deliver a presentation, and to help us with this we had two drama-based sessions. The aim was to get us comfortable with speaking and thinking on the spot so that we could present and answer questions. I am not someone who enjoys drama, but I had so much fun when doing this and it really does help to make speaking easier.
Since then, I have presented to my team on several occasions and even to the wider department at an all staff briefing. The techniques I learnt have enabled me to take on such tasks and given me transferable skills that I can continue to make use of. I hope to further my knowledge when I take on my level 3 presentation later this year.
My three top tips for presenting?
- 1. Know your subject well. Go above and beyond with research in case anyone throws a tricky question at you, this will also make you feel more comfortable with your choice of words
- 2. Use visual aids. Presentation slides are a good way to help the audience engage, make sure to include some images as blocks of texts can be overwhelming
- 3. Finally, remember the audience is human too! They want you to succeed and to learn something so make sure to relax and speak at a good pace
Last October I was lucky enough to receive a Highly Commended award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year, as well as a nomination for the Chairman’s award. This didn’t involve making a speech – but if it had at least I know I could do it!