Presenting information clearly and effectively is a key skill to get your message or opinion across and, today, presentation skills are required in almost every field in the current world. Whether you are a student, administrator or executive, you may very well be asked to make a presentation at PowerPoint and then present it physically.
I never new much about the PowerPoint presentation unless and until i went to the university for degree in Public Administration. It was the first semester and my subject teacher Professor Dr. Zafar Iqbal Jadoon informed in the initial lectures that we have to give presentation once in a week on assigned topics in a group of 3 to 4 students. He personally made those groups through a balloting and ordered that each group could consist of at least one girl and put me in with two girls (hehehe…). The reason of making groups and including one girl in each by the teacher was that;
- many male students were shy and they never wanted to be mixed or communicate/work with girls (these guys came from different parts of the interior Punjab province and were not immune to female working environment but others were extremely excited …hehehehe)
- teacher was preparing students for the future practical work which we had to face in the market after graduating from university and doing a job with any company
I was made part of a group having two girls, out of which, one was extremely rude in behavior and the other was decent. The girl with rude behavior misbehaved not only with me but with other girl upon irrational reason and i never become her partner for any assignment or presentation till the final year since that day.
My group was third in number (had to present in third week) and the Topic assigned to us was “Political, Financial/Economic & Administrative Situation from 1977 to 1988 in Pakistan” . We divided the topic in three parts (to cover our own parts) and i was given Political era of General Zia (1977 to 1988). I started preparing the topic and went to Library quite several times during the week before presentation day and studied several books. I prepared total 7 slides on the topic. There were three types of students found in the library, one who want to sleep or relax especially under the cool AC in summer days, 2nd was who wanted to talk or date to their favorite girls under the umbrella of completing assignments and third were those one or two students like me coming there due to compulsion of completing the study assignments….hehehehehe…
I was quite frightened before the presentation time because it was a first time ever that i was presenting something on PowerPoint and coming to front dice after several years since graduating from high school where i won the prize in the debates competition. The other reason was that before our group’s presentation, previous weeks two groups had faced a hot criticism and questioning from students on their presentation/topic and no appreciation was given neither by the students nor by the teacher.
The day came and i was the last to present my part of topic after two girls. I valiantly presented my part and answered each and every question of the students and teacher. I still remember, Professor Dr. Zafar Iqbal Jadoon (teacher) said in his remarks at the end of my presentation when he was informing that either we did good or bad in the performance;
“Azfar! a very well prepared topic and PowerPoint slides by you and more especially you tackled the questions brilliantly and answered the questions with rational reasoning”
In the next minute, they all (teacher and class fellows) were clapping. After coming out of the class room, each of my class fellows congratulated me and for the next few hours, my presentation skills was the only topic being discussed all around and it was a hot topic of that day.
Since that day, i was renowned of my presentation skills and all other students were eager to make me part of their group. Even that group girl with rude behavior always had tried and approached to make me part of her presentation group in other courses but i refrain and apologized.
I remember the presentation i gave in the last semester in the class of Professor Dr. Kashif Rathore (Marketing Strategy), he awarded me highest marks of 18 out of 20 and my group taken top position among others. I remember Professor Dr. Kashif Rathore said a word for my presentation performance:
“Encouragement is important aspect which is only provided by others. Many people feel terrified when asked to present or talk to Public, but these initial fears can be reduced by good preparation which will also lay the groundwork for making an effective presentation and appreciation by the others”