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Presentation Power!

This week we are working on presentations! I have been so nervous about this as I haven’t had much experience of standing up in a group and talking. I feelt that my inexperience may mean that I make a mess of it and I know that I need to  conquer my fears so that I can present my topic confidently.

Identifying the problem- MY FEARS

Looking stupid

blushing

stumbling on my words

On looking into what I felt my barriers were I found that they were all about having confidence rather than research skills or sourcing topic information as I feel that I ahve the skills to  do this, it is the actual standing there infront of a group of people which is making me panic!

Solving the problem- ACTION PLAN

I have looked at the website www.ted.com after it was recommended to me by a friend. The website is a place where you can view people giving talks and presentations about just about any topic. I have watched lots of presentations on there and made notes on the ones I though were effective and why. Looking at body language in particular and how presenting a positive body stance can affect how both the presenter and the audience feel about what is being said. I have come to that conclusion that; **The first step to being confident is feeling confident- the first step to feeling confident is LOOKING confident** I also looked on a psychology website at ‘how to give a great presentation’, I have added the link in my blogroll, it gives some great tips to increasing your confidence and appearing in control (even if you don’t feel it!)

Conclusion- PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE

I have already completed the work for my presentation including a script and power point, I am booking a room in the library with a few friends from our study group with whom I feel comfortable and I know will give me honest and productive feedback, and giving my presentation to them. In order to project an image of confidence, knowledgeability and control I will be-

standing up straight, no hands in pockets, slouching or fiddling.

Making periodic eye contact with individuals around the room.

Using notes and slides to refer to but not reading from a sheet or just repeating what is on the slides.

Asking questions of my audience to involve them in the topic and keep them engaged.

Not being afraid to move around the front of the room.

keeping an open body posture, hands on hips in a confident manner and using hand movements to emphasise important points.

Hopefully I will give a successful presentation, I already feel that my confidence has greatly increased from assessing how I look to other people, and what I can do to project confidence and I am looking forward to putting my theory into practice!

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Sourcing your Resources!

Hi, I have been looking at the skills assessments that I have done over the last few weeks and feel that I have identified some key areas that I need to develop. The basic skill that every student needs is being able to find the right resources, being aware of different sources that are available and knowing which genres are appropriate for the task at hand. I have extensively researched resources available to me in order to form a firm base for me to study from. I feel that this is important in order to work on building my weaknesses in research, time organisation and finding alternative solutions. The resources that I have sourced and used are-

Books- library and bought. I have bought quite a few book from ebay and amazon, as you can get some really great deals! I have also completed a library induction and familiarised myself with my library both at Wakefield college and Leeds Met. Things that I also need to look at are journals, as I haven’t done that before! I know where they are kept in the library and how to book them out but my next step will be to actually get one and use it in my assignments!

Internet- scholarly articles, subject websites and Journals- I have been using emerald insight to source journal entries and articles relevant to the assignments that we have been given. I have also used Google settings to search for only scholarly articles on a certain subject and found some fantastically interesting and relevant studies.

College learning Resources- Blackboard Blackboard is absolutely essential as it is where all course information and slides are. I have thoroughly explored Blackboard and made sure that I know how to use it and I now feel confident that i am competent and will be able to navigate Blackboard successfully.

Mobile resources- Android apps I have installed Blackboard on my Android phone. I have also looked on play.com and downloaded The Guardian Newspaper, Business Law Quiz, DMN (direct marketing news), Lawguide, Mobile Manage Mentor and the Wall Street Journal. This is really useful to me as I always have my phone with me and in any spare minutes I may have I can look through these. They are a quick and easy way to keep up to date with issues relevant to my courses. The Blackboard app emails me whenever content is uploaded by any of my tutors so I never miss it!

I think that making sure I have a variety of resources behind me has really increased my confidence. I feel that I have the information that I need or am able to successfully source out and use information to fulfill all my homework and assignments. It is a key step in getting prepared, ensuring that my time organisation is in good order and that I am now ready to begin my assignments in good time and avoid being rushed and under last minute pressure.

 

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