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A requirement for my M.S. in Art Conservation was a presentation summarizing my final 2 internships. I am very good at giving presentations, I speak clearly, I have a few jokes, and I am completely scripted but manage to sound natural while presenting. The most important thing about a presentation is to understand your audience, you wouldn’t speak to the Board of Trustees at a museum the same way you would speak to a K-8 group, and for your final presentation for graduate school there will be conservators, conservation educators, scientists, as well as parents, friends, and family of your classmates. Try to make it interesting for all of them.
I was notorious while I was an intern in Washington, D.C. for falling asleep during presentations, and a really boring presentation is probably the dullest moment in life, so I always work on giving a good presentation. A life-long interest in theater also helps, while conservation is fascinating, you need to know where to focus your audience, and when to give your audience some eye candy and allow them to stop listening for a few seconds.
Good luck to the class of 2012!