How to Work Together as a Group To Deliver a Group Presentation (General Tips)

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In school, there are goals you can accomplish individually, and there are those that require working with a group. If you have a choice of group mates, and you can choose those who are motivated to excel, and have the abilities to create and present a group presentation, then you are ahead. However, if the choice of group mates is outside of your control, the best thing you can do is know the strengths and weaknesses of each one to maximize or downplay these to the group’s advantage.


1. GOAL
First set your goal or objective. Clarify what your teacher wants you to deliver and when.

2. ROLES
Discuss and agree with the group as to what is to be done- in general and broken into steps, what resources are needed and are available, and who is capable and willing to do each of the steps.
At this time, the personality and abilities of each group member may become apparent, and consequently, the role they will play in the group work will also become clearer. Someone will take the lead naturally, or someone will be appointed the leader. The same holds true with the group recorder, timekeeper, and presenters.

3. ACTION PLAN
Given the specific steps you have outlined, discuss with your group how to obtain the resources needed for each step, who will do what action and be accountable for the output, and the deadline for each output. Somebody has to take on the role of timekeeper, calling out the group if it is on track, ahead or behind schedule.

4. EXECUTION
Execute what your group has agreed upon. At certain points in the group work, there may be a need to review what has been covered, problems encountered if any. The group must take action to address these immediately.

5. MEDIUM
For the presentation, agree on the medium. There are many ways to convey a message – you can use a slide show and discuss in front of the class. You can also do a role play or whatever medium is suitable for you to convey the message. Again, assign the parts to each member- one can do the actual presentation, while others can operate the laptop and the projector.

6. PRESENTATION
Before the presentation, practice as a group so you will have seamless flow when the actual time comes. Be confident, with each one doing his part to the best of his ability.

Since your group will be doing a lot of brainstorming, negotiating with each other for timelines and responsibilities, you may find the following tips useful.

  1. When discussing, observe courtesy. Avoid interrupting a person who is speaking, wait for the person to finish and then you can speak. However, if the person is taking a long time, then it can be polite to say- I hope you don’t mind, but can I suggest this…
  2. Do not shoot down an idea immediately as this will stifle creativity. Have the group take note of it. It can be evaluated later; after all have spent time mulling about the ideas. From several, your group can trim it down to 3-5 major workable ideas or suggestions.
  3. Look for a venue that is free from distractions, where the group can work without interruption, and without disturbing others. The cafeteria may be a good place to meet, but for intense discussions, this may not be the ideal place as it may be too noisy and distracting with people walking about.
  4. Make arrangements for food in advance if your meeting will be long, so that your work will not be disrupted.


If your group can implement these, then you are in a better position to achieve your objectives with greatest efficiency.

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