Our Demo Day was an intense experience for our students and afforded them learning opportunities. At the end, students took the time to reflect on this experience and decide where they would focus to improve their skills. Here are some of their reflections, in their own words:
– In order to have a group of people that are engaged with you you have to first engage with them and ask them questions and be able to talk about your product openly.
– I would change, if I had the chance to, the way I presented myself while introducing the room. I feel that at the start when I introduced the rooms I was a little nervous and didn’t say everything I needed to.
My experience with the demo day that was part of the entrepreneurship week taught me a few things, one of which was that presenting my idea to classmates in smaller groups helped me feel less anxious, which was one of the benefits to me as a student. One thing that I would change is maybe present a few more times to people who didn’t get the chance to see my presentation and my idea, and also maybe be a little more prepared, but I don’t think that really affected my final result.
I learned that my business and my team are very well organized, and very good. I learned that confidence is very important, because it catches the attention, and it gives a good overall image of you. I would love to present our business idea in front of more people, so I could receive more feedback. I wouldn’t do anything differently, in terms of choosing a team or of the way we presented…
In my perspective, the demo day was really rather entertaining. I have learned that I am skilled at speaking spontaneously. Some students inquired as to whether or not they would be able to see the presentations, so I would ensure that all students could view them.
I learned how important a subjective opinion is in the choice. We need to prepare more rigorously and try to engage the audience, to make the presentation more human (less tables and graphs).
Demo day was a phenomenal experience and a simulation for all the entrepreneurship students. I could feel the blood pumping faster during my presentation. The adrenaline rush that you feel during that time is a good practice for everyone that has a future of becoming a businessman/woman. I learned to control my anxiety and feel confident while presenting. A skill I can improve on is talking slower when I get stressed. Often when you feel pressured by a big audience people tend to speak faster so that moment ends. Also something I could work on is my answers to questions and being more prepared for anything.