5 Chairman’s Presentation Tips
One component of the Chairman’s award submission is the interview, which is typically broken up into a presentation and Q&A session. We put together 5 tips based on our experience preparing and delivering the Chairman’s presentation.
- Make it personal – Add personal anecdotes to bring to life the impact the program has had on you. Since you’re talking about a personal experience, your language will feel more natural and passion can come through. Talk about what you’ve personally been through
- Make it memorable. Have a theme. This also helps you tie your speech together.
- Have something visual. Posters, props, skit, or costumes can make your theme really stand out.
- Practice and get feedback from other students, mentors, teachers. Get feedback on tone, body language, and timing. Practicing in different settings can help you feel more comfortable with your scripts and team dynamic.
- Flexibility is key. We wrote the script and then made tweaks as we practiced to reflect how the students were actually presenting. Make the script for them, instead of making them fit into the script. Some students wanted to memorize word for word, others did best with an outline. Know your strengths in presenting.