I attack the outline, You just have to do the power step-by-step like the outline. Group Book Presentation – FNBK 3500 There are a plethora of books worth reading that are related to financial markets. Your task is to (1) read one of these books, and (2) complete a presentation about the book in class. First, you must form a group and choose a book to read. • Groups must be 3-4 students (no more, no less, NO EXCEPTIONS!) • Books on the list below do not require approval. o If you would like to choose a different book, you must clear it with your instructor by the date listed on the assignment page in Canvas. o Books must generally relate to ‘Financial Markets’ in some form. If at least one of the main focuses of the book is not related to Financial Markets, then the book is not suitable for this assignment. Approved Books
• 21st Century Monetary Policy, Ben Bernanke • The Courage to Act, Ben Bernanke • After the Music Stopped, Alan S. Blinder • Bad Blood, John Carreyrou • Extraordinary Circumstances, Cynthia Cooper • The Wisdom of Finance, Mihir Desai • The Four, Scott Galloway • After the Fall, Nicole Gelinas • The Wizard of Lies, Diana Henriques • Black Edge, Sheelah Kolhatkar • Adaptive Markets, Andrew W. Lo • When Genius Failed, Roger Lowenstein • The Smartest Guys in the Room, Bethany McLean & Peter Elkind • On the Brink, Henry M. Paulson, Jr. • The Future of Money, Eswar Prasad • Who Needs the Fed?, John Tamny • Keeping At It, Paul Volcker • Billion Dollar Whale, Tom Wright & Bradley Hope Group formations and book selections will be completed in class. Books must be unique among groups in each section of Financial Markets. First come, first served, so make your selections promptly to get your top choice! Your deliverables will include: 1. A presentation discussing the book with the instructor and the class (10-15 minutes). 2. A PowerPoint for the presentation 3. An outline of the presentation (due several weeks prior to the presentation date). What to cover/discuss in your presentation 1. BRIEF SYNOPSIS/SUMMARY a. No more than 1/3 of your time! b. When book was written, title, author c. Generally speaking, what is the main point of the book? i. Main ideas and findings presented in the book. 2. ANALYZE & INTERPRET a. At least 2/3 of your time! b. Relate it to us! Thoughtfully discuss the main ideas i. Discuss the ethics, effects, and (especially) consequences of the courses of action/inaction discussed in the book. ii. Do the author(s)’ conclusions make sense? Feel free to present alternative arguments backing up or counteracting the author(s). c. At least one “aha” moment d. Important questions you may want to consider: i. How do we as a society avoid bad situations? ii. How do we encourage fair play? iii. What penalties are appropriate? iv. How must we evolve and learn from this? e. MAY REQUIRE EXTERNAL RESEARCH! Additional Requirements 1. Time requirement: 10-15 minutes 2. All group members should speak/present. a. If a student is not present to their group’s presentation, they will receive a ‘zero’ for the entire Group Book Presentation assignment. 3. Citations are not required, but include a references slide if applicable. a. DO NOT use MLA/APA citations; simply include a link to the article/source. 4. Outlines are to be submitted as Word documents via the Canvas assignment link. 5. Presentation documents/links are to be submitted via the Canvas assignment link. PowerPoint Requirements & Tips 1. Time requirement: 10-15 minutes 2. DO NOT USE GOOGLE SLIDES. Translating these to PowerPoint rarely goes well. 3. You must submit an actual PPT/PPTX file to the assignment link on Canvas prior to the due date. This is the file that you must use to present, absolutely no exceptions. There will be no ‘fixing/updating’ of slides once the due date passes. 4. Dark text on a light background works best; avoid using light text on a dark background. 5. Do not include complete sentences on your slides. They should be comprised of short words/phrases and photos/charts. Follow the ‘7×7 rule’. 6. Use animations to make content appear ‘one at a time’. Grading The entire project is worth 100 total points, as outlined below. The descriptors below are representative of a perfect score in each area. Outline (10) Content (40) PowerPoint (25) Presentation Skills (15) Length (10) Complete outline with appropriate and professional formatting. A clear guide to constructing the visual aid. Superbly discusses the content of the book, addresses potential implications, and thoroughly discusses the most important takeaways. Professional appearance with appropriate information (i.e. not too much, but not too little). Successfully guides the talk and engages the audience. Clearly well-
rehearsed with command of the stage and mastery of the content. 10 to 15 minutes in length (not counting Q&A). I will take notes relating to the four areas above (Content, PowerPoint, Presentation Skills, and Length) as you give your presentation. After your presentation I will tabulate a final score for your group. You will have the opportunity to complete a peer evaluation after your presentation. You can preview this form on the Group Book Presentation page in Canvas.