Dividing a Presentation among Several Members of a Group

Group works can be tricky, as it relies on a smart and even distribution of work among the members. Assigning speakers for the presentation would heavily depend on exactly that: the work each member has done during the entire course of the group work. We have a few tips you can do:

1. Discuss the goals and tasks.
Before attacking the project, it would be best to meet up and discuss what you want to come out of this project-presentation. (i.e. How good of a grade do you want to get from this? How different do you want to stand out from all the other groups?, etc.) Once this is accomplished, you can then move on to the tasks needed to be done for the presentation to achieve its goal, and assign them accordingly. Whatever you are assigned to, would then be what you shall be discussing on the day of the presentation.

2. Know the strengths and weaknesses of each member.
It would be beneficial for the members to divulge their strengths and weaknesses in terms of handling a project-presentation. For example, there are some people who are good in writing, but are scared of public speaking, and others who aren’t confident in their writing, but are comfortable in speaking in public. A good division of workload then, would be to have the public speaker, write less but talk more during the actual presentation. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each member will help everyone be comfortable in the course of the group work.

3. Meet up a day before the presentation.
To avoid any mishaps during the presentation day, meet up with your group the day before and practice your presentation. This helps you figure out any mistakes you may be making, as well as pointing out things that you, and your group mates could work on.

4. Familiarize yourself with the entire presentation.
In case a member suddenly forgets any crucial information, or gets stage fright on the day of the presentation, it would be advisable for everyone to be familiar with the entirety of the presentation and be able to step in if needed. Group works need not be stressful as long as you know how to go about them. Learn more about this, as well as the Art of the Pitch at JRP.


Disagreeing with your Teacher

At some point or another, one of your teachers will make a comment you don’t particularly agree with. More often than not, it’ll be about a subject you feel very strongly about in comparison to your other classmates, and you’ll feel compelled to speak out. However, making an enemy of out a teacher isn’t advisable. Make a point without making an enemy, especially with your teachers. You don’t want your teachers to be your enemies but if you really disagree with what they’re saying, here are some pieces of advice on how you can disagree politely:

1. Step back.
Before you speak out, try and step back a bit and think about why your teacher made that comment or acted that way. There may be a reason that you don’t immediately see in the heat of the moment. If you figure out that your teacher does have a point, then maybe, disagreeing with them isn’t worth the trouble.

2. Stay calm.
People tend to say things they end up regretting when they’re blinded by anger. So, try to make sure you’ve calmed down as much as you can before speaking, so you’ll be rational and sensible when you explain your side.

3. Choose your moment.
Making a scene in front of your entire class isn’t advisable as the story will most likely spread to people outside your class. If you really must argue with your teacher, try and ask them if they could meet you after class or schedule another time to discuss it with them. The conversation then will be more private and less likely to be heard about by other students.

4. Don’t make it personal.
Try not to take things too personally, nor should you make comments about your teacher’s character and person. Know that there is a difference between you as a person and you as a student and your teacher as a person and as a teacher as well. Mutual respect for each other’s ‘person’makes a big difference.

Disagreements are natural part of life but there are better ways to deal with them. Learn more about this, as well as the Art of the Pitch at JRP.


Pitching an Idea to Your Group

How do you pitch your idea to a group of students who are equally impressed with theirs? Here are some tips to go about it.

We’ve all had that one idea that we know is good and are unwilling to let go of. The thing is, there’s a chance that your group mates have an idea, too that they too are unwilling to let goof. Here are a few tips to pitch your idea and make it a cut above the rest:

1. Start with their perspective.
Put yourself in the shoes of your groupmates and put aside your pitch for a minute or two. Think about how they view the world and what kind of things they find interesting and impressive. From there, structure your pitch to fit their perspective, while still maintaining your base idea.

2. Keep it short.
While you may have several things you’d like to say about your idea, make sure you don’t take up too much of your group’s time. Summarize your idea to the most important parts for you to stay structured and brief.

3. Test it out with a group of friends.
It’s highly likely that your ego will inflate if you mull your idea by yourself for a longer period of time. Take your idea and pitch it first to a couple of friends and get their opinion on what could be improved or what is already working with your idea.

4. Deliver.
If you’ve prepared your idea well, all that’s left is to tell your group-mates about it. Stay calm and prepare yourself for both positive and negative responses. If you know your idea like the back of your hand, answering any inquiries about it is a piece of cake.

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Saying Goodbye

Whether it’s in the middle of a group conversation, or chatting with an acquaintance in the elevator, knowing how to politely and respectfully say goodbye is a necessity. Here’s a few tips on how to properly say goodbye.

Knowing how and when to say goodbye can be quite difficult. However, learning how to do so politely, eloquently and respectfully helps you maintain and even strengthen your relationships with people around you. It’s easier than you think. If you’re having trouble saying goodbye, read on.

1. Read the room.
Is the crowd starting to thin out at a party oris the person you’re conversing with starting to fidget a bit? That may be a sign that it’s time for you to bow out. Overstaying one’s welcome whether in a house or in a conversation comes off to be rude so be sure to read the room and watch out for body language to queue your exit.

2. “Let’s do this again soon!”
Saying goodbye becomes less awkward when you make plans to see each other soon, that this won’t be an isolated event. It shows that you’re making an active effort to continue getting to know the person or people that you’ve spent time with and keeps the goodbye light and fun.

3. Thank them.
Whether it’s for a party or even just for someone’s company, show some appreciation for the good time you’ve had by saying thank you. It’ll mean much more than you probably realize.

4. Tell the truth.
As much as you’d like to come up with a “good” excuse in order to leave, it’s better to just tell the truth, and don’t come up with a fake excuse to say goodbye. Saying you have to leave and leaving it at that is better than coming up with a lie or even worse: leaving without saying goodbye.

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Joining the Conversation

Are you the newbie to a group of close friends? Having a hard time joining their conversation? We’re here to help.

Understandably, when you’re the new person in a group that’s known each other for quite some time, it would be particularly difficult and awkward joining in the conversation. As challenging as it may be, however, it is not an impossible task and here are a few ways to join in an ongoing conversation:

1. Introduce yourself to everyone.

It’s hard to strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know so introduce yourself to everyone, even if it’s simply just saying your name, and prompting them to continue on with their conversation, it can make a difference.

2. Listen first.

Listen silently to whatever the group is currently talking about to get a feel of how they converse with one another and when you find an opening or an opportunity, make a contribution to the conversation.

3. Start small.

Talking to the entire group all at the same time is a little daunting. So, start out small and talk to one member of the group to sort of get your foot in the door and eventually, it’ll get easier to transition the discussion to the rest of the group.

4. Don’t be self-conscious.

More often than not, the only thing stopping you from joining in the conversation is yourself. Stop thinking that it’s going to be difficult or awkward or that they won’t like you. Simply be yourself, and psych yourself up. This is a good opportunity to make new friends.

So jump right in, contribute to conversations, and learn the Art of the Pitch at JRP.