On Dec 24, 2014 my friend Prashanta Manandhar and I started a very unique platform for students where they could come, deliver presentations and learn from each other.
We knew that most students hated delivering presentations, for two major reasons. First, they take presentations as extra work. They feel compelled to do it because it is a part of internal assessment. Second, they fear presentations, as they don’t want to be on the spotlight, stand in front of the class and face criticisms.
But we wanted to stab the stigma. We wanted to make our students love and embrace presentations, and deliver with passion and charisma. And we wanted to create a community of vibrant presenters who would learn, share and inspire.
Thus, we started the platform #PresentationStuffs and since Dec 24, we have run four amazing weekly sessions at Edushala, Kupondole. We select four or five presenters for a session and they give it a shot for ten minutes. Then we give them positive feedback and we also let audience members throw in their comments.
We have been quite taken back with sheer enthusiasm of the presenters and the overwhelming participation of the students and professionals. Most importantly, with each sessions, I can feel I’m learning, growing and getting inspired from them (I’m sure Prashanta is also going through the same phase.) Watching the presenters owning the stage, sharing their stories and captivating the audience is truly truly truly motivating.
We started with a clear vision. We want to help students and professionals enhance their presentation skills by incorporating the essence of creative design and the core of public speaking.
We had hoped that our small initiation would make small differences in the lives of the students. Our hope, it seems, is turning into a reality.
(Prashanta Manandhar teaches Marketing to undergrad students. He is also the founder of The Storytellers and runs an ad agency. He is a gifted guitar player as well. We’ve been friends for almost 15 years.)