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Past presentation experience

Posted by on November 23, 2012

I misread this week’s blogging assignment, so you get two Emile blogs this week! Lucky you!

Okay, so my experiences with formal presentations are fairly minimal. I talk, nay, pontificate in front of large groups nearly every day, but those talks are ´╗┐extremely´╗┐ informal and are thus filled with all manner of profanity and colloquialisms. I’m surprisingly eloquent on these occasions, and I usually only stutter or falter when I’ve forgotten a word.

My issues come up when I start making mistakes. I can move on past a few little errors, but larger errors seem to snowball until my presentation risks derailment.

Now, I have discovered that I am actually a fairly talented actor; more specifically, I find dropping into and out of roles and personas incredibly easy, even though I find memorizing scripts and lines very challenging. I have found that I become less nervous if I adopt a more confident ‘persona’ before appearing before an audience. The challenge, therefore, lies in crafting a ‘role’ that is both confident and professional.

I’m also unaccustomed to using visual aids in a presentation. Because I would like to avoid reading points off of a screen, I’m building a PowerPoint with minimal text to go alongside my presentation. I hope that it isn’t too flashy or distracting.

I’m going to be practicing this sucker as much as I can until Wednesday’s presentation. I hope that I do well, and I hope that you all do well also.

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