The presentation of your performance or creative work should be similar to the activities expected at a professional fine arts conference or festival. Consult with your faculty sponsor as to what is the most appropriate format for your presentation. Performance or creative work presentations are limited to 40 minutes including time for questions (unless otherwise arranged).
For performance or creative work presentations, one possible format is to introduce your performance with a brief (one or two minute) verbal description of what the audience will experience. It is important to remember that the audience will be interested in, but not informed about, a project that you have artistically created. The structure of your introduction should begin with an overview and/or history such as: The following demonstration of Mime is a replication of the type and style found in France during the 1870's.
Follow the introduction by highlighting what is significant or most interesting about your performance or creative work. In a short period of time, you must guide your audience's experience and appreciation of the work. Summarize the key points/features in your conclusion. Make eye contact during your introduction with a variety of people in the audience. After the presentation is completed, allow a few moments for questions.
Consider the use of small excerpts or incremental elements of the performance in your introduction. These can be effective devices for guiding an audience's appreciation (2-3 is best).
Make a detailed outline of your introduction and account for all examples. Practice your introduction and revise it so that everything fits within the allotted time. Practice discussing the examples, especially in the context of the introduction. Practice your entire presentation including performance out loud, and preferably to an audience and/or videotape. Keep a positive attitude. Your audience is generally sympathetic and equally interested in what you have to say, and in your presentation.
If your performance or creative work presentation allows, focus on those people who are smiling or offering supportive body language. Avoid distracting gestures and verbal miscues, such as saying "umm," "you know," "like," or "cuz," fumbling with keys or putting your hands in your pockets.