First entry on Effective seminar participation
Workshop Tutor: Mary Sage
To begin with, the purpose of joining this particular workshop was to enhance and grow my seminar participation skills.
I wanted to learn how to communicate and deliver effectively within a group of say 8-10 people and to maintain a good balance between what i speak and what others speak and thus not be over dominant over others to prove my point, but to patiently listen and interpret the points that are raised out by other people and then put my point of view forward whether or not i agree to that particular way of thinking and to promote active participation within the group.
Well, at the start of the workshop, we were seated in groups of four and had to introduce ourselves and the departments that we come from and this i think is one of the integral parts of attending a seminar wherein initially you introduce yourselves to fellow colleagues, which is the standard practise that goes across all the seminars that are conducted all over the world.
Some of the action points that i have set myself after this workshop are that for the future seminars that i may attend i will be more prepared and thorough with the things to expect at that particular seminar and the kind of information and data that is going to be discussed at that point in time so that i have my own relevant and important points to raise during the time of the seminar and if i get the opportunity to host a seminar i'l try and get everyone involved in the seminar in order to get the best out of everyone present at the seminar.
Secondly, i would also like to point out that actively listening to someones talks and positively appreciating the thoughts that they intend to deliver can really boost the confidence and well being of a person and inturn can harness the best out of them during the seminar.
Thirdly, having a positve body language also has a great impact on the speaker and the audience. If the speaker himself is not having a positive frame of mind, even the most attentive and concentrated audience wont have any interest in the talk. Hence maintaining proper posture, eye contact and being well dressed i believe are some of the important factors that can contribute to delivering a good seminar.
Last but not the least, Critical thinking is an action point which i believe holds a lot of importance in the kind of career prospects that i will be having in the near future. Hence developing those thinking abilities would also be something that i will broadly focus on.
Positive body language
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