Textualities Mini-Conference 2014

The UCC Textualities Mini-Conference took place on the 28th of March in the Western Gateway Building. All of the students in the English Masters Programme had to do a presentation. I did my presentation on the author Chimamamanda Ngozi Adichie. We had to use a presentation style Pecha Kucha. This is a Japanese presentation style. It is six minutes and forty-seconds long. It involves using twenty slides for twenty seconds. This was the first time I used Power Point for the first time in a presentation. I was very nervous about using it in this setting because I don’t have much experience in public speaking. The conference started at 10am and it was decided into three parts. My presentation was in the last panel. I was the second last speaker of the day. In order to settle the nerves I was hoping that my presentation would have been earlier in he day but I very much enjoyed listening to the others presenting. There was a very wide variation of topics in the presentations. It was very interesting and informative.

 

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As I said earlier my presentation was based on the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I chose to do the presentation on her because it is connected to my thesis topic. I am going to explore representations of Race, Gender and Disability in my thesis and I am using Adichie’s books as a source to do this. In order to prepare for the presentation I had to first become more familiar with Power Point. I had to see what slides would be appropriate and interesting for the audience. In order to keep in time with the Pecha Kucha style I decided to make my slides more general and I also tried to make sure that they all linked together well. At first I thought that twenty slides was too many but in the end I had so many images that I wanted to use. I had to become more selective in this process and choose wisely. I also had to write my speech out and make sure the two were well connected. I wanted it to be interesting and engaging to the audience. The Power Point helped me to achieve that as it makes the presentation more striking and interactive. Putting the pictures and quotes up on a big screen  allows the presentation to reach out and grab the audiences attention. I had to time the presentation so that I did not go over the time allotted to me. Continue reading

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