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Presentation Feedback

Here is the feedback provided by my tutor for my recent presentation (here):

“A thorough, wide-ranging and interesting presentation that illustrated the important contribution your placement has made to Fierce Earth. This dynamic, cutting edge production company have spotted something rare in you – energy, professional commitment, and a determination to start something new. You showed good creative and technical skills in handling communication technologies; these were real evidence of understanding relevant techniques in the field. They are also skills that are really valuable for your own future development and for Fierce Earth. You had carried out appropriate research in breadth and depth and showed an awareness of current issues in the field of live art development. You were evidently well prepared and had planned and rehearsed the work, but you could improve on your own body language when presenting (stop that old twisted feet routine) and although you had provided little prompt cards for yourself, you still need to practice more relaxed and fluent eye contact with your listeners. Find ways of ‘performing’ the confidence you deservedly can have in your own work. Your vocal delivery could be more confident and more varied in tone – nerves tend to ‘flatten’ your voice a little, so try some breathing exercises before formal presentations. The structure of your presentation could have been sharpened by a more rigorous selection of material, and by thinking through ways of bringing the thing to a more interesting conclusion. Nevertheless, very good work. Well done.”

So…improvements to make for next time following my production module are:

Presenting skills
Confidence in delivery and content
Delivery to peers to sharpen and information included

Now for the Oral exam on the 15th January!?!

Placement Presentation

Last night at 7pm was my presentation for the placement module of my MA (the reason why I have been blogging!). I thought I’d share the presentation and the content with you here, feel free to leave comments or suggestions on how you prepare for presentations, and combat those nerves!

View this document on Scribd
View this document on Scribd

Trip to Chester

On Tuesday 18th I took a trip to Chester to meet with my tutor, Kate. My meeting was at 11.30 and was really for a catch up, to run over what information I had for my upcoming presentation and report.

General points were that with my presentation she said that all sources should be referenced as you would do within your report.

Key points were that the presentation should be a reflection about what I have learned about myself. What did I know when I started, how changed in between and how I feel now. To discuss skills I have acquired and what would like to learn more of. I need to also consider where I want to go?…BIG QUESTIONS!

In terms of the report, I should consider who the audience is? Who am I writing this for? My answer was her…but she said consider that it is for good 3rd year graduates.

In terms of referencing for the report she explained how many of the other MA students had re-visited the ‘Project Management and Self-Management’ module reading such as Berkun‘The Art of Project Management’. Organisational theorists such as Gareth Morgan and the book by Chris Bilton, plus appropriate journals: the International Journal of Arts Management, The Work Foundation and the Warwick Centre for Cultural Policy Studies website.

In terms of the content, looking at my report plan she said the information detailed in the beginning should be short, to the point and in bullet points. The first place I should start is the placement and given tasks – about my experience and giving recommendations for my personal development.

Creative Republic Launch in Coventry and Warwickshire: 28th Oct

“Creative Republic has a remit to reflect the views and aspirations of the creative industries throughout the West Midlands region. At present, the membership and activities have to an extent concentrated on the Birmingham area. But all that is about to change! In a series of initiatives spread throughout the West Midlands, Creative Republic seeks to extend its membership, scope and reach.

Coventry and Warwickshire is a hot-bed of creative talent – with notable strengths in gaming, performing arts and media – we want to provide a forum for creatives in Coventry and Warwickshire to meet, find out about one another and discuss issues that might affect your businesses.”
http://www.creativerepublic.org.uk/node/320

Helga asked that I talked to her about the launch when I was next in last week and when I spoke to her she asked I put together a short and snappy presentation for the launch! So I did, and I thought I would share it with you too, here is my private link on scribd.

To sign the charter just click here!

I hope it went well and as always I would like to find out your thoughts…

Back in the Saddle

Following my holiday I was back in the Fierce Offices on Thursday and Friday last week, Helga is on holiday until 20th, Kevin was away and Simon was ill.

Before I went in Helga had sent me ideas for the Fierce Earth blogFierce Encounters at the Biennial.

I am also planning and researching more seriously for my upcoming assignments. I have been researching business modelling theories and methodologies and then trying to apply these to what I know about Fierce. I found a couple of online business links:

http://www.slideshare.net/Alex.Osterwalder/business-model-templatehttp://business-model-design.blogspot.com/

I do have more stuff and I promise to list it all when I have finished in a resources section…

Once completed the blog, I began to make sure I had all the documents possible for Fierce Earth and Fierce! Festival ready for my evaluation of there business and my experiences within it.

I also looked at what I may need to complete my evaluation of the company. One idea I had is to develop a questionnaire for present employees and past and present clients of Fierce to get a picture of how others view Fierce.

I’d began my presentation a while back when assessment was a distant thought but I needed to plan some content. This is how far I got:

1. Cover
2. Aims
3. Rationale
4. Fierce Background
5. Fierce Earth Ltd: Mission Statement
6. FE: Company Structure
7. FE: Products and Services: Events and Project Management; Training and Development; Consultancy.
8. Some Consultancy Clients
9. General Customers and Clients
10. Fierce! Festival Ltd: Mission Statement
11. F!F Projects
12. F!F Funders
13. My Placement Experience: Events; Content; Networking.
14. Outcomes
15. FE: SWOT
16. Recommendations
17. Thankyou – Questions

Does anyone have any suggestions on anything else I would need to add, this is a draft plan…any suggested business models or examples of industry best practice? Just let me know below…

The presentation is to be no longer than 30 minutes and comprises 20% of my mark.

20% is on oral examination
50% 7,500 word report

These will all be submitted at the same time.

I now need to identify other examples of best practice, management methodologies that I can apply to Fierce, and feedback from my peers.

The great news is that I will be staying on for my next module with Fierce which is Production.