I had my cue cards ready and I practiced until I was blue in the face, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I just wanted to have it over and done with. Surprisingly I was more excited than nervous. It’s always interesting to see what others think of what you do, especially when they have the same interests and are going through the same degree as you.
It was the moment of truth, my tutor called my name and it was my turn to stand there and talk about me. When I noticed I left my cue cards on my seat. With a second spare it was fight or flight – I ran to my seat and grabbed my cards at which I hardly used, but it felt more like a comfort blanket. My slides (see below) prompted me to talk about certain points, I had no writing on my slides and I just wanted them to be pictorial as my commentary should be enough.
After attending a fair amount of workshops for Public Speaking, I decided to go with the tips from my latest workshop held by Academy at the Hub and was hosted by Jude Clayborne (see previous blogpost here). It was a very relaxed, casual talk as the audience were all students. I used the energy and feel of talking to a really good friend which I realised seemed to relax me and allowed me to speak freely and comfortably which I discovered at my latest workshop thanks the Jude.
The talk went swimmingly and even had some students approach me after the talk to ask some questions as well as advice. I think i really need to remember the next time I’m asked to do a bit of public speaking or am shoved unexpectedly into the limelight that It’s really not that terrible and they’re not wolves and they aren’t going to eat you.
Me 1 – Wolves 0.