Recently, I’ve been watching many local webinars about the state of the industry, and I was reminded about my days back in elementary and junior high school about what makes a good group project presentation:
- It should have a coherent central theme.
- The theme should be introduced.
- It should be presented in a logical order so that one presentation topic builds on the last.
- It should adhere to the topic.
- It should provide solutions.
- It should avoid statements of the obvious
- The presenters should come prepared.
- The presenters should adhere to the presentation and the facts.
- The presenters should avoid sidetracks to banter, personal agenda and self-congratulation.
- The presenters should speak clearly and try to "connect" with the audience.
Steven Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation and executive director and founder of Serve & Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.