Monday, June 25, 2012

Achievement unlocked

I haven't done a conference presentation for quite a number of years. I don't really count in house seminars at work although I do a couple of them each year. Sure, they mean getting up and talking in front of people, but usually the people are colleagues from various disciplines so they don't ask tricky questions. Today was different as I co-presented a paper here in Adelaide at the RAILS8 conference on GLAM, cultural policy and Australian cultural heritage. I was very relieved to have an excellent partner in crime as it were in Katherine Howard. I was also very relieved to be presenting in a friendly sized room ar UniSA. I had spent the evening prior with visions of giant, cold lecture theaters dancing through my head. Fortunately this did not come to pass. I thought about all the times I had blithely encouraged students in public speaking, or piano students in performances. How could have possibly been so uncaring? Anyway, apparently it's good for us to do something that scares us every day. Achievement unlocked for me today.

4 comments:

Freya Lucas said...

Well done you :) Glad our fair state was kind to you.

Wendy said...

Thanks Freya :-)
I really liked my first visit to Adelaide!

2paw said...

It's all about the situation. Some of my friends can talk in front of 1000 children (well 250) yet a few adults in a more structured setting, or an eisteddfod, and they go to pieces. Glad your presentation went so well.

Wendy said...

Thanks...yes it is the situation...I can play at concerts and teach no worries...it's the judgement of one's peers that makes conferences a bit weird I think