By now, you’re pretty sure that you can address all the questions they will throw at you — except that you suddenly had a mental block because your nerves just won’t settle down. You start to become fidgety, place your palms on your face, and try your hardest not to break down. We know that’s pretty brutal, but this could be the unfortunate scenario you might find yourself in if you come unprepared for your thesis defense.
Presenting a good statement and laying down your justifications on paper is winning half the battle during thesis season. Successfully defending your work is another matter. Whether you’re in college or graduate school and your thesis defense is fast approaching, these ten useful tips will get you ready and confident to face the panel and help you become eloquent in your subject matter.
Know your audience
Considering that you are talking to respected leaders in the academe, you may want to review how you structure your presentations, take a second look at your slides, and weed out what’s not relevant for the panel. Know who they are and what expertise they have regarding the subject you will be talking about.
Remember that your audience will always expect to learn something new from you and this could be to your advantage as long as you can justify what you say and be able to answer extemporaneously when queried about specifics.
Introduce yourself as someone who is credible
Make sure you have factual bases for your claims and conclusions because these are the main foundations of a strong defense. When caught in an inconclusive theory, admit that you haven’t qualified it yet. Stretching your conclusions to unnecessary lengths might just confuse your audience more and jeopardize your chances of a good defense.
Make your presentation worthwhile
Be keen to detail
Mind your transitions
Refrain from reading your pointers from the slides that you present. That’s a no-no in the realm of formal presentations. These slides serve as mere complements you use to further emphasize key particulars or present graphs and charts which could be too difficult to explain verbally. Practice makes perfect, and part of the practice is to know your stuff by heart.
Check your equipment
Stick to your premises
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