March 02, 2011

Follow Up For My Effective Seminar Participation (P5) Workshop

Follow-up to Effective Seminar Participation (P5) from Samantha's blog

In the past few weeks I have been able to put into practice the skills I gained from the Effective Seminar Participation Workshop.

My first action point was to incorporate my body language and actively listen to others in my group. I have found that by appearing more confident in myself I have engaged with others and seen that they too have more confidence when discussing research areas.

My second action point was to use language cues to encourage others to engage in the discussion. By using phrases such as "What do you think..." or "Does anyone disagree with me?" I have actively gone forward to invite discussion. This has worked really well and has given the seminar more purpose and direction. I find that I gain more from my peers and they are more willing to share their research with me. Overall this has probably been the most beneficial change for me and by extension for the group as a whole.

My third action point took care of itself in some respects. My tutor made aspects of the seminar more interactive and tactile by bringing in artifacts from the specific region we were discussing. This made the interest for the subject matter immediately increase and provided more relaxed casual conversations between the seminar members about the artifacts.

Also on this point my other seminar tutor divided up the work load between students and gave each individual a specific area to look at and discuss in the next seminar. This worked really well and meant everyone had to contribute their research to the group.

Overall my participation in the workshop opened my eyes to how small changes can have a big effect on the atmosphere in a group. I particularly liked seeing how by feigning my own confidence meant others also followed my lead.

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  1. Beverley Veasey-Walshe

    You have observed and reflected on some crucial points Samantha

    1 – confidence breeds confidence – and you won’t be feigning for very long. Being confident is a positive experience and we don’t have to justify feeling it.
    2 – Language shapes relationships, not just ideas.
    3 – Bringing muliti sensory stimuli triggers communication and learning

    Your reflection is excellent – I am very pleased you have gained so much from this course
    Would you mind if I quoted some of your comments?- anonymously of course

    08 Mar 2011, 17:39

  2. Samantha Cuff

    Of course thats fine! Thanks for your insight it has been a great eye opener.

    08 Mar 2011, 19:53

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