We all know strong presentation skills are an incredibly important part of being a designer. It doesn't matter whether you design buildings, apps, or even simple products; the ability to present your work with confidence is essential. So then the question arises, "Why are presentation skills so poorly taught in school and largely undeveloped in professional life?"

Could it be that we are afraid to put ourselves out there, experiment, make mistakes, and thereby improve? Without the chance to learn and practice we think, "Well, I'm not a good public speaker." It becomes tempting and easy to never practice, never share, and inadvertently hurt your career.

What would you do if you could present anything with confidence? What if you could explain your vision for your design in a few minutes and have the listener go, "Wow, that's amazing." The question then becomes, how can you progress towards that future, today?

This brings us to the Design Presentation Competition.

This is your challenge, deliver an inspiring 3-5 minute presentation of something you've created. To showcase your efforts, you'll be recording your presentation to submit for award consideration.

Step 1

The first step is to decide on what design you will be presenting. It must be something you created and something in the design field. It can be architecture, art, a product, app, etc. 

Step 2

Prepare for your presentation. Pretend that you are presenting to someone important. Your presentation must be between 3-5 minutes. 

Step 3

Record yourself delivering the presentation. You can use slides, printed boards, an iPad, books, photographs, screens, etc. Just remember, this is not a video making contest, it is a gauge of how well you present. We should be able to see your face nearly the entire time, no voice overs. (View Video Guidelines for complete rules list.)

Want to level up?

Join Design Presentation Mastery with Josh Sanabria

Learn how to be the best presenter in your class, office, and boardroom.

Join DesignClass CEO, Josh Sanabria and learn about: design presentations, public speaking, injecting personality into your presentations, eliminating filler words, and adopting a delivery structure so you are never stumped.

His lessons are practical and based on the nitty-gritty details of starting a design business. By the end of this DesignClass you'll know how to approach design presentations and proposals with a newfound confidence and conviction.

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