Group Presentation

Important Note:
  • Check the Schedule and remember when your team is expected to present. Be there.
  • Two ways to transfer your presentation files (Powerpoint slides) to my computer.
    • Email: FI414.HUANG@gmail.com
    • USB flash drive (bring to class; please arrive early)
Advice:
  • My grading criteria can be summarized by one question that you can ask yourselves:
    • "Can someone who hadn't read the case material beforehand learn from our presentation some basic ideas what the case is about and what problems we are trying to solve?"
    • Ask yourselves this question as you rehearse. 
    • Because I will ask myself this exact question when I grade your performance.
  • Do no over-prepare and do not try to cover every aspect of the case. 
    • Your team has maximum 25 minutes. 
    • You are more likely to run out of time than having not enough to say. Trust me. You will find out.
    • If you have perfect answers to all of the questions, what am I here for?
      • You have 30 minutes. I have 130 minutes. Do the math.
  • Don't try to ANSWER ALL of the "suggested" questions listed in the Cases section.
    • The "food-for-thought" questions are food for thoughts for the whole class.
      • They are not exam questions for you - the presenting team.
    • You job, instead, is to supply relevant information that can help the class think about the case, by:
      • Providing background information.
      • Explaining what the important questions are.
      • Presenting plausible answers to the questions.
        • Most likely you won't have much time to elaborate after the first two steps. 
    • There are no RIGHT answers to the questions, only sensible and well-presented arguments.
  • Suggested planning strategy: 
    • READ the case material from cover to cover.
      • Every team member should do that, so that you have something to add value to the team
    • Sit down together and share your thoughts (and maybe pizzas as well).
    • Reach a preliminary view about the case. Write down the main points that you want to stress.
      • It is impossible for you to cover all of the suggested questions!
      • Pick those easier ones to tackle.
    • Devise a presentation plan. 
    • Allocate tasks among members.
      • I highly encourage every member to speak on stage. 
      • However, if you wish, you can also give more time to the most eloquent members.
    • Do a dry run (Remember: practice makes perfect). 
      • Let your teammates help you. They are motivated because their grades depend on you.
  • What if you feel really nervous?
    • Drink water. Breath deeply. You can even write a script.
    • Don't worry about time. Don't look at your watch every 10 seconds.
      • I will be doing just fine no matter whether you leave 10 minutes or 100 minutes to me.
    • Even if you are not sure whether what you say is right, pretend that you are an expert. 
      • In the real world, most likely your boss didn't go to a business school. He probably tried to get into the Broad College, but his GPA was too low.
      • Therefore, he would trust whatever comes out of your mouth, UNLESS, you look really nervous (in which case, he will suspect that you have stolen money from his bank accounts).
    • It is unlikely that you will overnight obtain all the knowledge, skills, and experiences of a successful Wall Street banker. 
      • Don't try to be perfect. 
      • Focus on what you know and what you've got, and spend more time practicing what you are going to say in class. 
      • Don't be too technical in the presentations. Don't present big tables with too many boring numbers. Your audience can't follow them.
Grading:
  • Grades are based on collective performance of a team. 
    • Allocate tasks accordingly among members. 
    • Know each member's strength and weakness.
  • I am grading your performance mostly based on:
    • How organized, informative, clear, and smooth the presentation is;
    • How much your classmates can learn from your presentation.
    • Most important: "Can someone who hadn't' read the case material beforehand learn from our presentation some basic ideas what the case is about and what problems we are trying to solve?"
  • The presentations account for only 10 points.
    • Don't over-prepare and kill yourself for it! 
  • I don't grade based on whether your answers are correct or not.
    • I repeat: there are no CORRECT answers (in this course or in real world business scenarios), only sensible arguments and useful information.