Presenting a project by a collective effort sounds easy to achieve than doing a solo presentation; I mean for undergraduates, it keeps the shy ones behind the stage and those who suffer stage fright often gets relieved because they will end up not actually saying anything before the class knowing that someone was going to do that in their behalf. While doing a solo presentation such as defending undergraduate project topics and research materials can be tagged challenging, it’s even more tasking to harness a group presentation and make it work out.
Meanwhile, group presentation promises less pressure compared to solo presentation with a unique challenge; the challenge majorly emanates from the stress of gathering the collective responsibility of every member of that group plus the collaborative zeal to make the public outing together worthwhile. It sound easy already but you know you still haven’t got it right.
It could be a unanimous choice of a moderator or a voluntary task, there must be someone who opens the floor for the presentation and probably the conclusion. The Moderator observes the protocols and gives an overview of the academic task the group has done. That’s a good way to start. However, the choice of a moderator should be made very early to avoid confusion at the stage.
Many group presentations have failed because just a few persons from the group and sometimes the group leader alone prepares the entire work and at the presentation morning, everyone else come running with so much concern about the topic of the presentation; undergraduates are so fund of it. Their undergraduate project topics wouldn’t be so much burden if only it was a group work
If that’s you, it is best to contribute your effort and have a voice in the presentation. You may never see the need to do this until a question is thrown directly at you from the panel judges. In such cases, your group performance is rated using your responses.
To ensure equal participation among group members, the presentation should be divided into segments each person handling a segment and following coherently. All the group speakers must be able to agree on certain viewpoints so that the division into segments does not bring confusion to the table of agreement.