Notable no notes.

Even though I practiced many times, I admit,  I wanted desperately to use notecards, a note page, or a cheat sheet to get me through all the information I needed to say in last night’s presentation.  I constantly feel the need to over plan.  Call it a habit from trying to keep students engaged with ELA and block scheduling.  But, our requirement of no notes was actually cathartic.  With each practice, I relied less and less on the bulky, anchor like information and trimmed my responsibility down to its bare bones.  The presentation developed a flow I can only liken to putting an arm out the car window on cool summer day…mostly smooth with a little bit of chop.  I cannot and will not say I do not need notes.  Each presentation calls for a little different presentation style.

I know we wanted to get through the presentations, but it was nice seeing the cohort, once again, push and applaud each group. We are good at this because  we had the same crutch.  As I listened and watched all of the cohort, I actually liked the presentations better than in classes past.  I could actually focus on the presenter and their message and not the script.  I left last night with information and valuable ideas. Kudos!

Jay P.

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6 Responses to Notable no notes.

  1. Jill says:

    Jay — you’re right (and Susan was right, too)! Sometimes the only way to learn something new is to just jump in and try it. I think that EVERYONE really did a great job with the presentations, even without the notes. Go team!

  2. Jordan says:

    I agree, it was nice presenting without the notes. After we finished presenting, I did think of a few things that I left out while presenting but overall I think I got the majority of the major points out.

    I think it’ll be a little easier presenting our final capstone project at the end of the course since we’ll have been working on it for a year and a half and not just a week.

    J. Dixon

  3. Rachel says:

    Very true, Jordan (and Jill and Jay),
    I felt I had some trouble spots of my own presenting without notes, and wanted to kick myself for forgetting what I felt were a few key points, but … several people used the word “thorough” as we headed back to our seats. So why argue with their perspective? Jay’s right. Maybe some of the details each of us presenting thought were so “critical” just weren’t in the grand scheme of things and the concepts were delivered anyway.
    Yes, I’m sure we all feel we can always do better but if the audience gives assent in words, nods or other cues, we should feel pretty good the message got across.

  4. student says:

    When I was a lad in my first job I discovered that physicists give a LOT of presentations, and this apparently included me. The science culture is one of intense skepticism, and you can expect to be severely challenged in anything you say. This is not considered rude. I would get in trouble when someone would ask a question to which I did not know (or, in panic, could not recall) the answer. I paid attention to my elders who were good at presenting, and came up with my first real insight into public speaking. And this is it. Learn to say “I don’t know” with conviction!

  5. Susan Sullivan says:

    I hope each of the cohort members was overwhelmed with his or her own success during the presentation of publics.

    I acquired some valuable insights in The Dale Carnegie Course, but as you learned, nothing replaces application — that’s how we discover where our weaknesses and STRENGTHS lie!


  6. student says:

    As much as notes are my comfort, I’m glad I was pushed to not use them. I feel stronger in my presentation now. Great blog Jay! – Melissa