This week was nerve wracking to say the least. There were at least 2 nights this week that Erica and I were up late trying to figure out our presentation. I am not a very confident public speaker. I can go on stage and perform lines in front of hundreds of people, but I have issues presenting in front of a class of 25 people. It’s all a mental thing, but I still find it ridiculous. Anyway, Erica and I were pretty stressed about the whole thing, but it worked out. As it turned out, we did better than we originally expected.
I also learned the dos and don’ts of presenting this week, which this website summarizes quite well. I learned that pictures help. A lot. I learned that not everyone is good at public speaking, but everyone is capable of it. I learned that I am good at making the presentation look appealing, and I have the creativity it takes to make the presentation mostly hold the audience’s attention, but I am not so good at filtering the information and deciding which parts are more important than the others. Erica was good at that, so we made a great team.
The last thing for this week is that I was super in love with the poem on Monday. It was “OCD” by Neil Hilborn. I am emotionally attached to that poem; I actually recite it when I get nervous or anxious. Last year for my Drama 2 class, we did a show where we picked poems and picked people to perform them how we wanted. Autumn Williams chose that poem, and chose me to perform it. It has been my favorite poem since, and I can recognize it almost instantly.