Weekly Report 4/3/17 to 4/9/17
A large focus of mine this past week was dedicated to my FPN (Final Presentation Night) speech. I was not able to rehearse or even work on it as much as I wanted to, but I still managed to present my best speech yet.
I began working on the speech on Wednesday. I wanted to begin earlier, but I was unable to manage my time correctly. Not because I had too much work, no, I spent a great deal of time doing nothing productive. Half the time I was sleeping or playing videogames. Part of me just wants the year to end; I am feeling impatient and less motivated to work. Maybe that has impacted my work ethic these past feel weeks. However, I managed to get back on track toward the end of the week.
I decided to completely redo my presentation. What I had before looked great, but it made it hard to showcase photos. Because of that I made one that used one of my paintings as a background. It had a perfect part that was entirely open to using as a presentation, which allowed me to upload photos. It took a while to change the layout and overall content of the presentation, yet I am proud of what I made. It feels personal and genuine, which was my goal. It was not too difficult, however. I simply relayed my thoughts into the presentation. The difficulty game when I began rehearsing it.
Each practice speech I made took around twenty minutes; this proved to be incredibly time consuming. Although it was somewhat annoying, it did not discourage me. The length of time made it easier to let loose; it allowed me to elaborate. In a way, it felt natural, and I began enjoying it by the end of my practice. I had no script, instead, I used the presentation as a form of outline. Each bullet point served as a talking point which I could elaborate on. The practice made the actual speech much easier to present.
I was not nervous, worried, or anxious. I was comfortable to speak to my peers. I did not care if I screwed up at some point; I was much more worried about relaying my message. This led to me completely bypassing any mistakes as if they had never happened. This mindset also eased the process. I was able to simply talk about my ISM journey without any worries. I did not care what everyone else thought. All I wanted to do was share my journey and my reflections regarding it.
All of this culminated to my best speech yet. I was exhilarated to have finally finished it, but that was not the best part. What was great about it, was that I felt comfortable doing it. I felt prepared and excited to share my journey, and this confidence allowed me to thrive during my presentation.