This was a day, I had been looking forward to as much as not looking forward to due to my excitement. Although I love giving presentations and speaking in front of the public audience, for some unknown reason, the idea of giving this presentation was dreadful. I had done rehearsals to home few days before and I was told my by lecturer that the subject of my topic was too wide (The Victorian Era) and that needed to be shortened. The presentation had to be completed within 6 minutes and 40 seconds and I felt I could fit this into 6 minutes 40 seconds but I think I was wrong.
I did my final presentation at home to my house mates and that helped me calm down and also got constructive feedback. The day after…27th of February…I was quite nervous, could not understand why to be honest, when I had arrived to the conference room I felt my confidence coming back, I saw that my class mates were quite relaxed and there was some sort of joy in the air. The handouts were placed nicely and I was talking and doing my final preparations. I was in the first group of speakers and I was thinking “I am glad I am in the first group, as it will be done and dusted quite fast” on the other hand I was also thinking “Well, being in the first group has also disadvantages as everyone will be quite awake and they will be quite focused on what I am talking about!”. As i was circling the airport with these thoughts, Elaine had completed her speech and here I was, I felt quite confident as I set the theme of my presentation by stating “There is something about this conference room, it has characteristics of Victorian period!”. The smiles around the room gave my the confidence as well as comforting me. At the beginning my voice was shaking and I was bit fast, however as the presentation went along, I thought I was doing ok. With the thoughts of Dickens, Eliot and Hardy, I completed my presentation with Steve Jobs’ “One more thing…” I was quite happy that it went smoothly and I loved the presentation at the end, it was not a D-Day but rather a day from the TV show Teletubbies?
I really enjoyed the presentations of my class mates. There were really creative ones as well as fascinating topics all around. The day had started at 9:00 am and finished by 17:00. As a class, we all went for a small celebration for surviving this day! Now looking forward to the bigger celebration of our final thesis and the graduation day…
Well done to all.