One of the things we do at work is to have small bursts of work known as "sprints". We plan what we'll cover at the start, work on it, then present it with a demo at the end, to all interested parties. On Friday they asked me to do the demonstation part of our presentation.
went in with no preparation beyond writing down on a post it note the
four things I wanted to show people. I stood up and talked to the room
of somewhere around 50-60 people about it, and then we moved on. There
were more presentations and demonstartions, the last of which was very
innovative and flashy and interesting.
After the meeting eight
different people came and told me separately how well they thought I'd
done. I've been told I paced it well, I was engaging, I put things at
the right level for the audience, and that I was a natural.
I was comfortable with the material I was talking about, but I had no
preparation time, and didn't feel particularly nervous. This morning two
more people told me how well I'd done - and that's after they had a
whole weekend for it to fall out of their heads completely.
appear to have wowed an audience. I can only attribute this to being a
side effect of learning to present material in an off-the-cuff way
through larp. Give me a skeleton and I can give you back a ritual. Dump
some plot on me and I can manufacture a rite. Tell me where we're going
and I can pull a transportation rite out of nowhere. And give me the
thing I've been working on for three weeks and I can tell you all about
it and make it sound impressive.
As a colleague said on Friday - the trick is to work out how to make this skill work for me. Hmm.