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Public Speaking [Jul. 17th, 2012|10:49 am]
Beemer
So apparently, according to the workshop evaluations the participants filled out, the talk I gave last Wednesday was well-received. Like, enough to warrant mentioning by somebody who'd seen the evaluations.

Which is pretty cool, considering that two weeks before I had no idea at all what I could say to that audience that might be interesting.

Evidence is starting to suggest that I'm a fairly good presenter, which is funny because I don't think of myself that way. I mean, I don't mind doing it, and it seems to have gone well the last umpteen times I've done it, but I haven't put "public speaking" on my mental list of my strong points.

Probably because the first significant talk I gave was at AGU when I was in grad school, and it was awkward and poorly organized and I didn't really know what the hell I was talking about or trying to say, and it probably wasn't full-on terrible, but it wasn't good, either.

Hunh. Maybe time to update my self-assessment.
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[User Picture]From: tdjohnsn
2012-07-17 04:58 pm (UTC)
That made me realize I forgot to tell you when <a href="http://www.edwardtufte.com>Edward </a> was going to be giving a seminar on information design in Denver. It is on the 20th, so it is probably too late for you to get the cost approved. :-(
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-07-17 05:11 pm (UTC)
Well, our budget's a little tight at the moment anyway. He needs to come to Denver at some point when a grant's just come in...
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2012-07-17 05:03 pm (UTC)
I think it's difficult to judge our own performances when it comes to speaking in front of a group. I frequently have to present to my classes, and that's in front of friends and classmates, and I think I sound like an idiot. Everyone, including my professors, gives me positive evals, though. I'm told I don't actually sound like and idiot.

Though they could be lying. :/
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-07-17 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, but why would they?

You're a very articulate person. I estimate the odds of you sounding like an idiot in front of a group as vanishingly small.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2012-07-17 05:20 pm (UTC)
HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO BE HARD ON MYSELF IF YOU INSIST ON BEING SO REASONABLE JESUS
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-07-17 05:46 pm (UTC)
Inorite? I'm such a jerk like that!
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-07-17 05:47 pm (UTC)
Now I kinda wanna call myself So Reasonable Jesus.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2012-07-17 10:58 pm (UTC)
I would actually convert to Christianity if it were based on the epic adventures of So Reasonable Jesus.
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2012-07-20 06:50 pm (UTC)
I read a thing in Forbes that false positives are a serious problem in evaluations.
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[User Picture]From: bluebear2
2012-07-17 05:33 pm (UTC)
We're learning new things all the time and don't necessarily notice it. You obviously picked up some public speaking skills along the way but your self-image is out of date with the new-you.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-07-18 08:25 pm (UTC)
Good point! I'm well aware of the stuff that I consciously work on, but I should remember to check up on the unconscious learning, too.
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