During my journey as a UX Designer at Closed Loop, I have learned many things for which I am extremely grateful for. A skill I needed to tackle was presenting to clients. This was a gray area for me.
This is how it usually went:
- Feeling of dread would encompass me as the meeting time drew closer and closer.
- Profuse sweating would ensue as the meeting started.
- My heart rate would sky rocket.
- I would speed through the presentation and skip over things I really wanted to talk about.
- My throat would dry up like the Sahara desert forcing me to drink a gallon of water during the meeting.
- Rinse, Lather and Repeat.
I can see clearly now the rain is gone.
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.
- Jimmy Cliff
That was before until a friend and project manager extraordinaire @AmyKapell suggested I use a framework for organizing my presentations. She suggested I write down my thoughts in a structured way just like research papers.
The structure looks like this:
- Provide a brief overview of what I will cover during my presentation.
- Inform the client what type of feedback we are looking for and when to provide it (during or after the design presentation)
- Review the designs.
- Summarize the presentation.
- Gather feedback.
I have used this structure for a few presentations already which caused me to exclaim, " I can't wait to give my next presentation!". Now the gray cloud of doubt has gone away and I can see clearly now.
Bring on the next design presentation!