Design Presentations Are Fun!

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:

  1. Feeling of dread would encompass me as the meeting time drew closer and closer.
  2. Profuse sweating would ensue as the meeting started.
  3. My heart rate would sky rocket.
  4. I would speed through the presentation and skip over things I really wanted to talk about.
  5. My throat would dry up like the Sahara desert forcing me to drink a gallon of water during the meeting.
  6. 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:

  1. Provide a brief overview of what I will cover during my presentation.
  2. Inform the client what type of feedback we are looking for and when to provide it (during or after the design presentation)
  3. Review the designs. 
  4. Summarize the presentation.
  5. 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!