Reflection on the EdCafe Discussions

Posted on May 30, 2013 by


What did you learn about presenting and discussion from participating in the EdCafe?

In general, it is much easier to give a “good” presentation to a small group than it is with a larger group. Also, being the audience in a smaller group means you get much more of a chance to talk more one-on-one with the presenter. For me, presenting to any size group is just as difficult as speaking to a friend.

My problem is that I have a rather annoying speech impediment, leaving me unable sometimes to finish any thought or sentence, regardless of the complexity or how routineĀ it is. This means that when I present to a group, my sentences can end abruptly and in places leaving the the point unsaid.

So, this part of me, in regards to presentations, is something I want to improve about myself; however, this is not as simple as just thinking more about what I want to say or even writing a set of things I want to say before saying them: neither of these things have seemed to help me at all; instead, I have to run the sentence over in my head until I get it right. Usually this comes at the expense of the audiences attention.

I feel like my presentation, if you ignore the halted-ness of it, was very successful at getting my point across in an interesting and engaging way. I not only told the story of my research, but I also involved the audience at all times, asking them questions and then comparing their beliefs with what is really fact.

My overall thoughts on the EdCafe discussions as a whole are that the system worked really well. I think that, of all the different ways we had discussions this year, this was the best of them all.

And now for a photo that is relevant to my presentation, but not really related at all to the post above…

Passport Photo

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