Design & Architecture

It seems like we are racing along.  I am enjoying all your presentations, and glad you are keeping it to ten minutes.  Design is a huge sub-culture for those of you who decide to get into it.  Meanwhile, here is a recap of our final presentations.

Our guest lecturer who will cover dining, cocktails, and table etiquette will not be able to make it on Monday, Feb. 13th.  Instead, they are coming on Monday, Feb. 20th.

So I am moving forward all your presentations.

Monday, Feb. 13th presentations: Ravi, Kaustubh, Shekhar, Sunil, Vikas, Jeffrey, Deepak, and Pranav.

Tuesday, Feb. 14th: Hari, Smita, Sudhanshu, Abhishek, Vivek, Gurmeet, Yogesh and Harish

Monday, Feb. 20th: External presentation.

Tuesday, Feb. 21st: Last class.  Amit, Agnel, Sabibrata, Ashwin, Himanshu, Suresh, Karthik, Amit Arora.

Anyone else? Please sign up.


Final Presentations

I request all of you who are doing your presentations next Monday and Tuesday to keep it under 10 minutes. Because there are so many of us, I have no choice but to ensure that people keep within their time limit, or else I have to reduce the grade.

A suggestion: rather than presenting a lot of ideas in your talk, you can put it all in the powerpoint that we will upload.  In each presentation, just speak about THREE points.  Three of the major concepts.  We can get the details when we view the powerpoint presentations.  This is how I will grade.

Breadth and/or depth of content: judged by material in the powerpoint.

Presentation style, speaking with authority, and keeping to the time: as judged by what you will say in your 10 minutes.

Last year’s presentations are in the following location.  Please look through them for an idea of what you will do this year.



Password: 2schmooze!

Folder: Shoba’s Folder in Documents section

Last year, we had compressed all the classroom presentations till the end.  This year, based on feedback from last year’s students, we will start doing 2-3 presentation from Module 4 onwards.

Would people upload a short line about their presentations below?

Class of 2012 presentations

Role Playing

I enjoyed our session today! Thanks to all who had the courage to come up today.  I realize that the later candidates will have the advantage of our feedback and I will factor that in while grading you.  In other words, the people who came up today have a handicap.
Based on today role-playing, the class came up with some feedback which I have posted below.  Feel free to add.
1. Ask open ended questions to draw them out.
2. Try to relax even though the situation may be tense.  This shows in your body language.
3. Try mirroring you actions with the person in front of you.
4. Figure out how close/distant you have to stand based on their body language.
5. Listen carefully.  Don’t interrupt (sounds obvious, but as we saw, it isn’t).
6. You were all helpful with organizing things that they liked.
7. Think about how you compliment.  Be spontaneous.  Not too personal.
8. Think about how you receive compliments.  As someone said, we have problems with responding to compliments.
9. Don’t force your agenda or questions.  Let the conversation proceed naturally.
10. Don’t keep saying, “I don’t know much about art or design or food.”  Instead use what you know to further the conversation.  If all else fails, ask more questions but not in an aggessive way.
11. Share things about yourself.  This way, they will begin asking questions.
12. Figure out how to bring the conversation to your interests as well.
Next class, the “charmers” and the “clients” can use all of the above in their interactions.  We will be doing this through the sessions for all of us to get better.