Networks and Distributed Systems

A short guide on how to sell your project effectively
(Jinyang Li)
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Q: What do you mean by selling my project? Can't I assume that you are going to like my project anyway since you suggested it in the first place?
You should never assume that your professors already buy in the ideas in your projects: Professors are always forgetful and very skeptical. They enjoy tearing your ideas apart and watching how you defend them. The burden of proving your ideas lies solely on your shoulders. After all, they just suggested some possibilities and it's up to you to tell them why those are good/bad ideas.

Q: How do I sell my project well and get a good grade?
Of course, to get good grade, you must do good work. But it'd be a shame if you have done good work and could not communicate it to others. The number one rule for being a good salesman (for anything) is to put yourself in the shoes of your buyers (i.e. your professors who have the grading power and the other students who have the voting power for their favorate project). Buyers want to know why the project is interesting and here are some concrete questions that are lurking in their minds:

Q: How do I do a good poster presentation?
There are a number of tips on how to give a good public presentation of your work at conferences:

Poster presentation is a bit like conference presentation except it's much shorter (around 5 minutes) and more interactive (you will be interrupted and questioned at any point). More concretely, a good poster presentation is:

Q: How do I write a good project report?
There are quite a number of good tips on technical writing:

The class project report should be less than 10 pages.