Edinburgh physics student Zoe offers her latest blog post from her internship in Coherent in California where free pizza is a nice incentive! For any of you who find giving presentations just a little bit scary, she has some very savvy advice.
At the end of my internship, I will also be required to host one engineering seminar. My presentation will last for about 30 minutes and it will include a summary of my internship and the obtained results.
I won’t hide that at the beginning I was dreading the idea of this presentation, since I don’t have a lot of experience and talking in front of people is a skill I haven’t practised as much. To be fair, I have presented something twice at University during the end of my third year, once for my “Research Methods in Physics” and once in my “Experimental Physics” class. However, they were both 10 minute long presentations and they differed from the one I am supposed to give at Coherent by an important factor: the audience. Presenting in front of your class and professors is quite different than presenting in front of unknown people who certainly know much more than you on the topic at hand. It will be a challenge for me to stand there and speak with confidence but the more the time passes the more excited I get to do it.
For anyone who might be feeling the same way as me, here’s my advice: Think about it as a good practice opportunity for a skill that is undoubtedly extremely useful and valuable in any kind of profession. And the best part about it is that we really have nothing to lose from it.