Presenting with the UX in mind: Revision

Look! The THINK Talk recipe also applies to digital portfolio presentations. Who'da thought! A big thanks to Breanna Reynolds for her support in adapting this recipe to a new topic of presentations.

Guide yourself through the following "ingredients" of a compelling TED/THINK Talk. Use your answers to the questions and the suggestions to create the script or outline of your digital portfolio presentation. You will be using Lab time next week to record your presentation, both for practice and to create a method of presenting asynchronously.

The ingredients of a good digi-port pres


What is the purpose of your presentation? Is it to present your learning to your parents? For applying to a university Interviewing for a job? Who is your audience? Be able to finish this statement: after my presentation, my audience will…


Remember the power of three, and decide upon three main themes from your portfolio. Your audience can always dig deeper, but instead of expecting them to look at everything you've displayed, make your portfolio digestible by highlighting three general areas, which could potentially encapsulate all your content and focuses.

These three themes could come from your Brand of me adjectives. They could come from your manifestos. They could be based on your navigation, if they are inspiring and holistic enough to represent you well.


Are the themes and purposes above clear to your audience, based on your design? Look specifically at your portfolio above the fold (what the viewer sees without scrolling upon loading). What do you need to change or adapt to make sure those themes or takeaways resonate? Do so.


How does your portfolio stand out from the rest? What makes you unique, and can that be gleaned from your portfolio? 


A good presentation is one which meets or exceeds its audience's expectations. If the purpose of this presentation was to get a job, do you think your presentation gave you a good chance of getting hired? If it was to pursue a scholarship, would you be convinced to give yourself that scholarship purely based on the way you presented your work?

How relevant was your presentation to your previously established purpose? Make sure you are still on target at this point in your presentation organization


If your portfolio isn't memorable, that could mean the difference between getting a job and not getting a job...or replace job with scholarship, internship, collaboration opportunity, you name it. Try your best to be memorable, both in the way your portfolio reflects you and in the way you present this reflection of who you are. Which parts of your portfolio do you think are tweetable or sharable? What might resonate in the viewer's head after your presentation. Let that be something that works in your favor.