Establishing the Purpose

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During course activities when you are required to speak about your work or interests, it is valuable to think about what you want to get out of the experience and how it can support your learning. Establishing the purpose of a presentation or discussion will influence how you structure what you will say and the visuals you use. For example:

  • When doing a project presentation, the purpose might be to review and discuss a finished project. You might take a chronological approach to talking about your work, starting from the final outcome and working back. Or you might deliver the other way round, introducing your initial concept and journey to final outcome.
  • If you are talking about your work during a group crit, where you are seeking feedback to help develop your work , you might select an area of work you think is problematic or needs developing, and expand the discussion from there.

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