From the outside looking in, I believe our Orangebox presentation seemed to go quite well. We managed to cover most of our points, the slides were well organised and professionally put together, though they could have been better, I didn't feel embarrassed to show them to the company or our tutor. I made sure the design was created using a grid system and that the headings and text aligned properly, so they don't jump around or look messy as we click through the sides. This is something that has been stressed to us (graphic design students) in our other module.
I was relieved to get through the presentation. All the frustrations of the night before were no longer at the forefront of my mind. We had managed to present a relatively cohesive and informative pitch, without looking like we had thrown it all together last minute.
Since we had not practiced our pitch, presenting or even run through what we would say or key points, the only way to ensure we didn't have moments were someone was trying to explain a slide they knew nothing about was for each of us to talk about what we had looked into or been told about previously. This resulted in myself and one other in the team doing the majority of the talking and answering all the questions at the end. The immediate feedback we received was that the talking was very one-sided, because of how we had stood with two people on one side of the screen and two on the other side (one if the team was not present).
It was suggested that if we had stood so that one of the two main speakers had been on each side of the screen it would not have felt so imbalanced. I can agree with this feedback but at the same time, it felt like a blow because the only reason we were talking more was because we were the only ones who were able to. Though it's not the case, it felt like a virtual marking down for being one of the people who carried out the research and worked when others decided not to. It would have been easy to allow the two who didn't contribute much to the content to stumble through the pitch or allow it to be shown how little they contributed but that would not have been good for the group or our reputation. Similarly, I could have left the presentation in a state and incomplete. One of the comments was "this isn't being marked...". I found this approach to the presentation really frustrating. Marked or not, we were still going to be standing in front of a company and I wanted their first impression of us to be positive. I didn't feel comfortable being a part of something shoddy. To me this is a real business opportunity, we are not students, we are entrepreneurs and should care about the way we are presenting ourselves. There is always a chance that I may down the line want to reach out to this company in the future or there could be a situation where I am interacting with someone they know. It's a small world and sometimes the decision to work with someone is based on more than just skills and achievements. I have found that in many cases, who you know and connect with plays a major role in opportunities that do or do not become available. This is why I stayed up all night to finish the presentation, long after everyone had gone to bed.