Do you get nervous when you have to give a presentation in front of a class or for an organization you are involved in? Have you had the opportunity to present at a conference and wondered how others perceived you? Even the thought of this makes many people quite anxious. Yet, oral presentation skills will likely be required of you as you are on your professional career path. You may need to think about how to engage a particular audience or how to articulate your research or points in a way that is meaningful to your audience. To get or maintain a position, you may have to carefully promote yourself or market a product. As such, having oral presentation skills could be important to your professional development in a variety of ways. So, how are your skills? Take this quiz designed by my student, Hao-Cheng Hsu, an undergraduate at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
How are Your Oral Presentation Skills?
About Jill Bowers
Jill is a certified family life educator (CFLE), certified family and consumer scientist (CFCS-HDFS), and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Human and Community Development at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She developed the idea for this project when she was working on a research project where she interviewed emerging adults (18-20 year olds). Work and career related content was something about which the emerging adults were most interested in learning more, and many of the issues that were at the center of their daily concerns were those surrounding their career plans and navigating the job market. Although some of the emerging adults in the study were aware of the fact that they could find information on the Internet to answer their questions or that there were resources available through their college or University, most of them could not recall being required to participate in any professional development courses that helped them with career-related skills and most of them suffered from “information overload” related to their Internet searches for information that would help them with their career paths. For example, some of them had been told about the importance of networking (e.g., at Career Fairs), but they did not really understand what this was or how to do it. Therefore, as a result of her experiences working with emerging adults, Jill initiated this project to help FCS students by providing them with information that will help ensure their success as they navigate the job market.