November 17, 2008

Organisation?

With all the School of Engneering goes on about being organised, and time-keeping, you'd think they'd ensure that the timetables were correct rather than trying to fit ALL engineers AND chemists into the same theatre. Where did this mistake come from, why didn't someone check it?

How are engineers supposed to get any work done if we're sent gallivanting around the University in search of mythical lectures? Who knows...


November 14, 2008

AIESEC

Writing about web page http://www.aiesec.org/cms/aiesec/AI/index.html

I will be looking into this organisation. The largest student run skills organisation round the world. I was reading blogs and came across this interesting fact. Thought I might publish it as well. It can only help having as much word out as possible!


Warwick Skills Certificate

Making Effective Presentations

On the 31stOct and 1stNov 2008, I attended one of the WSC sessions that were advised in the 'Engineering Your Warwick Advantage' lectures. As it was a 'taster' of the efficiency and helpfulness of the course(s) I chose one that I felt was most relevant to me.

I was not disappointed!

The first session was a real drag to get to as it was last thing on a Friday and two hours long but it inspired me, to be honest, the tutors on the course were really very good at finding your weaknesses in presenting and helping you overcome them.

I chose to do my presentation (the first 2mins) on the winter ski season I did in the French Alps this year. We had 15mins planning time and in this time I assembled a presentation (of sorts). I did ramble a bit, I waved my hands about ferociously, shifted my posture (due to uncomfortable shoes, might I add), and did not conclude (!). However, I was told that I project very nicely and that, if I didn't wave my hands around, then my presenting would be really quite acceptable. We were then all told that we'd have to present again the next day on the same topic for longer. Not too hard, little time to prep. (Friday night?!?!?)

Getting to the Saturday was Even Worse, it started at 10am (no lie-in) and continued right 'til 4pm, though I do not regret going at all. We went through all different types of techniques of powerful presenting such as visual aids, smell, touch, sound. Difference in voice control, sentence structure and useful rhetorical methods. As groups we had to watch various presentations by famous people such as M.L.King, T.Blair, Obama, and a comedian - my group had Blair. We then had 15mins to prepare (in a group) a presentation about the methods we had just learned and how this famous speaker had used them. This was hard, especially as my group was not at all enthusiastic - some of the groups' presentations were fabulous!

After this we had 30mins to prepare our own presentations including any props we may have - I had printed out a few pictures that were relevant and that I could use in rhetorical fashions. In the presence of at least one other person, we were required to rehearse. Then we each had to present for 5mins. I must admit, my presentation was so completely different from my rehearsal, it was almost funny! My analysis came back and it was Much better, this time I had really focused on my hands and to stop them moving I put notes in them (it worked), I had already made sure I was wearing comfortable shoes so I didn't shuffle AND for the first time I concluded my presentation. (I failed to mention that the prior 'famous person' presentation I failed to conclude also!).

Therefore, I am most chuffed with this course and am seriously debating whether or not to actually complete my portfolio so I can get the points for it if I do the whole course. I'm not sure. But it was definately worth going to as I will be presenting to my tutor group and also to my optional module seminar group in a few weeks. I feel Much more confident about this now.


The Importance of the Blog.

From the large number of people and paperwork urging me to start the fabled weblog - I may have missed the relevance of the University Blog. It seems to be more for keeping important things like projects up-to-date, however as I do not have any projects on the go - being a first year, I will have to write about other things.

Watch this space!


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