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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Presentations

For all those of you who know me pretty well, you'll probably have realized by now that I hate standing up in front of a crowd and saying stuff...Oral presentations just freak me out...they make me feel vulnerable and I feel like I'm just waiting to be picked on...I go all wobbly and my voice and legs start quivering. I don't think that makes for a very nice sight for the audience in question, but anyways...it is a part of some of my uni assessments, and I've found that even when it is optional for me, I choose to put myself through the torture of speaking in public...

Anyhoos, point being, I just got back from uni after giving an oral presentation on my final year engineering project today. And you know what...I actually enjoyed it!! Ok, maybe enjoyed is a bit of a strong word, but I wasn't as paranoid about everything as I usually tend to be at times like these...I have done presentations in the past, but this one was huge!!! I mean...it WAS like only my FINAL YEAR PRESENTATION!!! It started off a bit weirdly though...My USB refused to work on the bloody computer (which also had a broken A: drive...like seriously people, we are supposed to be in the bloody technology sector...The business school has better computers than us in fookin' engineering!!!). One of our judges was nice enough to tell me that if I didn't feel comfortable with the outdated slides, he would wait a bit longer till we got it sorted out though...I troubled quite a few souls today, and all I can say is that I'm really grateful to all those people. I think that incident kind of got my adrenalin pumping furiously though, coz when I started my talk, I was as cool as ice...

Ok, you know what...maybe not as cool!! I stumbled over my words a few times (actually, twice!)...but besides that I was able to maintain eye contact with my audience, my words were not really rushed, and personally I think I did quite alright. I didn't have to resort to drastic measures such as imagining that the audience was naked (which PJ swears works!!), and thank goodness for that, coz honestly, I think it would be a bit disturbing to think of all my lecturers (who PJ again swears have all passed their 100th birthday) without their clothes on.

I think I did good today, and I'm proud of myself for that...Question time didn't go as smoothly coz its always a challenge to answer a question if the question didn't make sense/was unclear to you...but anyways...this is done and over with...I feel relieved as far as I'm concerned...life is good...for the moment at least...

8 Comments:

Blogger Leenz said...

good to hear everything went well apart from the mishap at the beginning! now u can teach me how to stop my heart from palpitating everytime i even THINK about my presentation...
as for the picturing lecturers naked thing....no thanks! can u imagine yan chen naked??? *shudders* on the other hand, there was that hottie lecturer the other day =)

Thu May 11, 12:03:00 AM

 
Blogger Xia_mi_mi said...

Yupz. presentation is often not easy. It makes me sweat too.. =S

Bt once you get a hang on it (hopefully real soon), it will be an enjoyable eaperience. After all, I am an exhibitionist myself, so I like all the attention... =P

Good luck for your next presentation. Hope you will be able to handle it better the next time.. =)

Thu May 11, 10:18:00 AM

 
Blogger ferrarista said...

@Leenz: I THINK I did alright, but lets see when the numbers are released yeah...As for training you dear...hahaha...I DON'T THINK SO!!! Yesterday's relative calm was a one-off thing...Am not a very good orator, so teaching you is out of the question...

As for seeing YC, or any other lecturer in my department naked...I shudder at the thought too...very, very disturbing I think...I would love to see your hot lecturer tho :) Maybe I should pop in to your lecture sometime soon.

@Xia_mi_mi: Thanks for your encouragement...I totally HATE speaking in public. I think doing it often helps a bit, but I still feel really queasy before a presentation...I was hyper-ventilating before my big one yesterday and it was not a pretty sight. Anyhoos, I was alright later, but hopefully next time will be better than this!! :)

Thu May 11, 11:05:00 AM

 
Blogger pj said...

leenz! hottie lecturer? curtin has none, at least, commerce side has none. and the management lecturers.. EURRGHHH. pukeworthy. in fact, i will go so far as to say i can put a money-back guarantee if you do not puke. seriously. its that bad.

and chris, i'm glad for you that you did not try to picture them naked. asides from it being an extremely startling act to try, it is sincerely deeply upsetting if you even WANT to try.
Not to say that you would want to, of course.

so, with all greatest faith, do not, henceforth, take my advice where your lecturers are concerned.

Mon May 15, 06:00:00 PM

 
Blogger ferrarista said...

@PJ: Haha, yeah man...no picturing my lecturers naked!! Gosh, that would leave me traumatised, and not to mention, very, very disturbed...

As for having cute lecturers, we have none in engineering either!! All are just really old...

Leenz reckons that this lecturer of hers is really hot...apparently he has all the pharmacy girls drooling over him...Have got to make time to go to her lecture ;)

Mon May 15, 06:06:00 PM

 
Blogger pj said...

TAKE A PICTURE! I wanna see if how hot he is.. or maybe just meh. :D

Mon May 15, 06:10:00 PM

 
Blogger ferrarista said...

Hahaha...yeah, will ask Leenz to do that the next time he comes to lecture them...

Mon May 15, 06:16:00 PM

 
Blogger Leenz said...

girls, please, i am NOT going to take a photo!!! that would be sooo embarrassing! that'd be rite around the corner from stalker-ville! u'll just have to take my word for it that he's hot! or maybe he's not, it's just that he's the only young, decent looking one that we've had...hmmmmm....nah he's HOT!!! =)*drool

Wed May 17, 12:44:00 AM

 

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