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Day 113: Practice makes… better?

Presentation practice

Conference is coming! With my talk right around the corner today is prep day. Basically I’m giving my talk today to the lab in the hopes that when I do it for real, it doesn’t completely suck. So practice, practice, practice!

Not everyone likes public speaking. I don’t mind it and I like to think that I’m fairly good at it. Not great, I don’t think I’m a pro or anything, but I don’t mind doing it so I think the limited increase in anxiety means I don’t speak too fast or stumble over myself… as much.

This is kind of funny since if you’ve been following along, I’m a fairly anxious person who can barely do anything in life without stressing out about it. I don’t know why talks don’t do that to me, it’s an odd super power in the sea of anxiety that is my life. I think it’s because I genuinely enjoy the stuff I do so I like being able to share my work. Then again I don’t think I want to analyze it too much lest I lose my ability.

We get a strictly enforced three minute talk with two minutes for Q and A. Fortunately I don’t have a lot to share, so three minutes should be plenty for my talk. Some of my fellow lab mates aren’t as lucky. They are further along in their projects and so have more of an update than I have. It will be interesting to see how they manage this.

I enjoy practicing because it’s a great time to get good feedback based on your talk. Sometimes we’re silly and make jokes, but most of the time we have a lot of good feedback based on the presentation. With that, it’s time to get to work. Wish me luck!

Until next time, don’t stop learning!

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