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How to deliver the ultimate speech

Chrysoula Spanou, MSc e-Business Management

I still remember the date when I have to deliver my presentation in front of 300 people, when I was at high school. I always admired people talking on stage. But I felt uncomfortable being on stage. When my presentation ended, I felt relieved and went back to my comfortable seat. But seeing my professor being on stage, I was thinking what should I do to deliver effective presentations?

As time goes by, I have to deliver more and more presentations. Business environment requires speeches on a regular basis. However, being a master student at Warwick University means that presentations becomes part of your daily life. In every module you have to present. So, I decided to work on it….

One of my first workshops here was how to deliver effective presentations. I went to the workshop ready to ask many questions. Is there any secret? How people can deliver speeches on stage with ease and confidence?

Tip No 1: Prepare -prepare-prepare

There is not too much preparation. You are there, because you are the best at the topic. This requires that you should know exactly what you are going to tell. You can make as many rehearsals as you want. You can make a presentation to your friend or someone else you trust.

Tip No 2: First minute by heart

What I have noticed is that the first 1-2 minutes are the most stressful. After this time, you get used to the stage and you feel much better. So, useful tip is to write down what you are going to tell and learn it by heart.

Tip No 3: Know your audience

It is totally different to talk to your classmates from your managers. There are different expectations. Before going on stage just take your time to think. What are these people expecting from me? This changes the whole perception. You have to catch their attention and to make them feel that something new is going to be told.

Tip No 4: Move

If you see someone standing or sitting on a chair reads a paper. What’s your first thought? Boring, right? You are excited about what you are going to present. This means that your voice and your movements show this excitement. If you are holding a microphone that’s fine. If you aren’t holding it, this allows you to move on stage. And guess what? Seem more confident.

Delivering presentations is a skill that can be developed. Envision yourself on stage talking about your job is the most important part of this journey. It is essential to enjoy this journey. It’s all about being yourself and show your passion to others. The stage is yours…!!!

If you need more tips about presentation don’t forget to book the effective presentations workshop.

Wed 29 May 2019, 11:51 | Tags: e-Business Management My course 2018-19 Master's life

Being part of #TeamWarwick

Constanza Miranda, MSc e-Business Management

As soon as the academic year started, I decided to participate in one of the sports societies. I absolutely love to play sports and I wanted to represent the University at competition level. I have played volleyball for 8 years now, so I had no doubts about going to the trials in the first week of term. I got through the trials and was placed in the second team, and that is how I started to represent Warwick in the University league.

Volleyball_CM_blogThese past several months playing volleyball have been very challenging for me. One of the main reasons for this is because my first language is Spanish and the technical words, related with this sport, were new to me. So, I basically had to learn everything again. I was also part of a new, multicultural team, with different rules and other ways of playing the game. Moreover, I am the oldest one in the team, because all the other girls are undergraduates. This made me adapt the role of the “mother” of the team, and I try to teach them all I know. This experience has really helped me to realise how much I love to teach people what I know.

We train once a week and we usually have one or two matches per week. We also have a team coach and a student society which organises a lot of extra activities, like POP, dinners, treks, and other charity events. It impressed me how organised the society are. These extra-curricular activities have helped me to understand a lot more about my teammates, who are from a range of countries around the world. It has really been an incredible experience, which has opened my mind.

As for the matches themselves, the girls told me that they lost all of their games last year and they did not feel confident when the year started. I noticed their insecurity immediately and lack of experience playing formal matches. I still remember when we won the first match and some of the team cried with the emotion of it, because they simply could not believe it. Over the months, and with a lot of training, the team has improved enormously. Volleyball is a sport where you need 100% collaboration between the six players on court and the trust we have built among us is incredible. Now I am proud to say that we are first in our group!

I am so happy that I decided to join the volleyball team and to be part of this beautiful group of people - it has really enhanced my student experience, and it provides a welcome break and downtime from studying.

 

 

Wed 13 Feb 2019, 15:44 | Tags: e-Business Management My course 2018-19 Master's life

Inspirational alumni talk

By: Manuela Rodríguez Melgar, Jiangling Zheng, Alejandro Fraga Eraso and Kingsley Chong

Alumni talk video

As Master’s students, it concerns us what is coming next after graduating. Last week, we had the opportunity to attend a special and inspirational lecture and networking session to learn first hand what can we expect as WMG students in the future.

We created the above video at the networking sessions so that you can hear from WMG alumni yourself, but also below are some key notes from the talk.

  • Raja Adeel Khalid, Senior Operations Manager at Amazon from the 2001-02 e-Business Management cohort, share that success is not a door that needs to be unlocked, but it is the result of thinking big, pushing ourselves out of the comfort zone and being able to take decisions when required. Contrary to what we constantly hear, he suggested us to know what we do not want because according to his journey from Toyota to Amazon in his 15 years of working experience, this is what keeps us far from making the wrong decisions.
  • In line with Raja, Christina Liaskou, Global Product Line Manager at Delphi from the Engineering Business Management 2013-14 cohort, suggested that WMG equip her with many tools that are crucial to face the challenges of the working environment, such as understanding the importance of collaboration and time management, as well as being part of a multicultural team. She added that the skills developed at WMG allowed her to be more competitive and Warwick’s prestige boosted her profile.
  • Regarding job applications, Guvanch Meredov, Tech Product and Digital Marketing Consultant at Google, encouraged us to apply to companies that we might think are “out of our league”, regardless of our nationality. He confessed that as a non European, he felt intimidated but his experiences proves that it is possible for international students to hold a position in leading companies in the UK. But that does not mean it is easy, he added that he got many rejections before Google’s offer and therefore, it is important to avoid giving up, work hard, but also, have fun while doing so.

We really enjoyed this event and felt very inspired from the life lessons we heard!


Hot topic: Artificial Intelligence

By: Georgia Giannakopoulou, MSc e-Business Management

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the hottest topics -as most people describe it- nowadays in business area. As always my master’s department -WMG- didn’t disappointed me and has given me the opportunity to enjoy a talk about it.

The university of Warwick and particular the WMG department organises plenty of events and industrial visits every month. WMG provides a plethora of opportunities where you have the chance to get useful information and insights from different companies and start-ups. Needless to mention that the events and the visits are provided for free via the booking system and in most of them we have refreshments and snacks (food is always welcome eeh ? J).

Personally I believe that the most useful thing on these events is the chance you have to ask your own question to the speaker and also the opportunity to enhance your networking channel. It is an easy and great to way to start practising on your communication skills with professionals and employees from different companies around the world.

So on March 27, 2018 I had the great opportunity to attend one of these events. In the context of International Women’s Day, Madhuban Kumar -CEO of Metafused; an award winning company- came to WMG to talk about Artificial Intelligence and Automation.

From the title everyone can understand how exciting the talk was, especially for students who are interested in this area. The talk was very easy to understand and you didn’t need to have a special knowledge on the field. To be honest, this is one of the things that I enjoy in WMG’s events; any student from any background is welcome to can attend them, even if they are not related to his/her interest. This presentation was a proof, since it was very easy to follow it and stay engaged to the conversation.

Regarding to this specific talk what enjoyed the most was the information I gained from a CEO who has a lot of experience. A general overview of the talk can be summarized in the following sentences. For example, she showed us some statistics regarding to which countries are the leaders -in both academia and money spend in research and businesses- in the field of Artificial intelligence (not surprisingly China). Furthermore, I learned in which categories of business areas, the AI technologies -assisted and augmented intelligence- have the greatest impact. These are the Manufacturing, Healthcare and Education. Specifically, AI in Manufacturing can generate an additional US $3.8 trillion by the year 2035 driven by augmentation and making labour more productive. In addition, by 2035 it is expected that AI in the Healthcare industry will have accelerated growth from 2,2% to 3,4% generating US $461 billion. Impressive eeh?

Another interested point of the presentation was the association of AI with the future jobs that will come in. Artificial intelligence is closely related with the analysis of vast datasets and taking patterns out to make links and draw conclusions. For this task a new skillful workforce is needed in order to analyse the conclusions and give personalized focused answers to plenty of questions. So the outcome of the presentation was that AI has already started showing its advantages and that in the near future AI will boost the profitability of all industries.

All in all, the day of 27th of March was another well spend one in WMG and in my masters’ experience so far. This event was definitely food for thought not only for my further personal thinking but also for my future careers perspectives. Can’t wait for more events like this one.

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Thu 29 Mar 2018, 15:28 | Tags: e-Business Management

Industry in action

By: Kingsley Chong, MSc e-Business Management

There are some great opportunities that WMG students can grab, and more importantly, they are all free!

One of the highlights will be the industrial visit. There are frequent updates on the events organized by the school throughout the year. Students are able to have industrial insights, ranging from logistics, manufacturing to retail, charity industries. Although most of the visits, if not all, are scheduled on weekdays, we, as WMG students, have the flexibility to join the site visits due to our 1-week intensive modules. (OF COURSE, skipping a module to attend the visit is forbidden). Even if there are time clash between the visit that you are seriously interested in and your modules, you don’t need to get panic. Some of the visits will be re-organized in later time. Since the event will pop-up throughout the year, you have to keep an eye on the web page or your school email. It is quite competitive as the spaces are limited.

Industrial visits typically last for half a day event with free return journey through shuttle bus. As a group of students from the University of Warwick, we can have a taste of the in-depth business models of the firms, which normally are not disclosed to the public. Personally, I found it to be a great advantage. Not only in understanding potential career field, but it also provides a basis of common knowledge when you are in an interview to be a potential employee. I recently have joined the Amazon Dunstable plant site visit, which is located near Luton. Without this visit, I won’t be aware of the engagements of robots in a traditional logistic plant.

If you prefer staying on campus, you can still be benefited of. There are CV clinic workshops helping you to prepare for job hunting in the UK. Occasionally there will be some international companies such as Google and Hilti coming to WMG to inspire us. And more importantly, networking opportunities should not be missed!

Kinglsey_AmazonVisit

 

Thu 29 Mar 2018, 11:22 | Tags: e-Business Management

Why I chose an MSc at WMG

By: Georgia Giannakopoulou, MSc e-Business Management

Why I have chosen to study an MSc at WMG ? Hmmm let me tell you why…

Georgia_firstdayEverything began in 2012, when my 18-year-oldself decided to start an undergraduate business degree programme at a time when the European Union began to experience a deep rift, and my home country, Greece, became the focus of an unprecedented financial crisis; now there is the added turbulence of Brexit and an ever-uncertain world order. All of this has enabled me to better put my career prospects into perspective.

WMG, with its illustrious history and bright future, is clearly the right place to access expertise and best learn how to approach this challenge from an organisational management perspective. Moreover, the mixed-mode learning style, and the fact that external speakers complement the regular teaching staff, adds value to this understanding and was definitely one of the reasons why I chose WMG. Studying in WMG is a completely new way of teaching. This can be daunting sometimes, but it has positively opened my mind to new ways of learning.

In addition, the MSc programme by its own, which is the MSc in e-Business Management was extremely inspiring to me and I knew it will be able to grant me a successful international career in any field I want to be focused on. E-business and innovation go hand-in-hand and learning how to apply the concepts of e-business to systems integration, and product/services development will add significantly to my organizational skills and allow me to better view the potential of enterprises and plan their development responsibly and effectively.

Georgia_studyinlibraryLast but certainly not least, and may the most important reason why I chose to study for an MSc at WMG, is because I wanted to challenge myself and grow as a person from inside out. Studying abroad may well change the way you view all kinds of things which you had previously taken for granted. Moreover, long-term experience in other cultures has a tendency to help think objectively about things, tolerate differences, and recognize and appreciate diversity. WMG’s exposure to many different types of people and cultures I knew that it will not only help me to meet a diverse range of people, but it will also give me a firmer knowledge of others, and it will help me to gain a wider cultural sensitivity and a global mind-set.

To conclude, for me it was and always will be all about gaining life experience. Throwing yourself into a completely new environment, like WMG, will help you to figure out on what you are good at, as well as what you are not so good at. In other words, you unquestionably learn more about yourself. For that reasons, WMG you were, you are and you will always be an unforgettable experience for me! Thank you for reading :)

Mon 12 Mar 2018, 16:10 | Tags: e-Business Management

My course and classmates

By: Kingsley Chong, MSc e-Business Management

I'm really glad to share my study journey here! I’m Kingsley from Hong Kong and I’m a full-time student in e-Business Management (e-BM) here (just side-track a little bit, e-BM is different from EBM, which is the Engineering Business Management). e-BM, like most of the master's programs offered by the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), consist of 9 modules - but there are some course exceptions, so check the website. On the website, you'll see lots of useful information about the course and structure, but I wanted to share my experiences as full-time master's student.

In e-BM, we have nearly 200 full-time students this year. Most of us have multi-national backgrounds. Since we value ‘who you are’ rather than ‘where you come from’, some returned to school after a couple of working experiences and some, like me, joined the family of WMG after freshly graduated from the university. Through syndicated group exercises, a comprehensive discussion leads to a mutually beneficial process.

Besides the fundamental course, e-BM students are split into small classes to study in different modules. You will have most of the classmates for all the modules, so it is a good chance to build up friendship. I really appreciate the teacher-and-student relationship in e-BM which shares similarities with friendship. It is easy to build up your network for your future career.

I understand that you may be nervous about choosing to study-abroad; it's certainly a big decision. I hope you may have a taste of the close relationship between classmates met here and the teacher-and-student interactions. Next time, I'll tell you more about student life in the UK. Looking forward to it 😊

kchong_ebm_1 The first group project in Finance for e-Business  
kchong_ebm_3 Humorous instructors Gareth and Michael in Digital Marketing Technology  

kchong_ebm_2 Our Course Leader John Waller, who is also the Admission Tutor of the WMG's UK Full-Time MSc courses

Fri 23 Feb 2018, 13:04 | Tags: e-Business Management