So, we spent the remaining in-class time doing presentation practices. On the big day, we presented, and it went splendidly, all things considered. The only thing I think could have been improved was that Nialls's speech could have been more polished. Anyway, I'm glad it all worked out.
For posterity, here are my revised notes from the first presentation practice round:
It should be noted that I took more notes the second time, but they said essentially the same thing. I didn't send them to the group either, so they're basically irrelevant.From all the presentations, I have distilled the following ideas:Presentation:--Introduction (e.g. "Hi, my name is . . .")--Introduce the concept immediately. Explain motivation, what this product does. Be concise!--Address Marketing: Accessibility, Business/Pay model, Address Competition. Mention that we're free and don't own any of the user's works. Market toward the general population. Mention professional web developers (there are two approaches: our product can be their starting point, or their replacement).--Formality/Do not doubt yourself/Never admit to a bug/Do not cheer for basic functionality--Make sure what you're doing in the presentation is actually visible.--Watch the time--Present tense!--No one cares about technical details--Practice everything.Demo:--Practice setup (e.g. monitors, internet, etc.)--Jump right into the demo right after the concept is introduced--Show the "dragging" in the drag-and-drop website developer--Make a website in five clicks, if you say that you can.--Show theme-based version first. Actually, probably don't need to show anything else.--MUST practice. Choreograph every single thing you do. EVERYTHING. DO IT.--Video so that no problems possible?Recommendation for overall structure:1. Intro: "Hi my name is . . .", introduce motivation, introduce concept.2. Begin a pre-planned, COMPLETELY choreographed demo. Speaker continues, talking about things you can do with the website maker while the demo matches, doing everything in real-time behind him.3. Demo continues, and a whole website is built while speaker addresses marketing, competition, etc.4. The website, which has been being made throughout the talk, is exported and shown on a server.5. Talk concludes, questions commence