Last night I bombed my presentation.
After staying up until 2am, waking at 6, scrambling to put together something semicoherent, and get the daily work at the office completed; I was a bag of nerves being fiercely rattled by the caffeine which was keeping me slightly on this side of conscious.
I knew exactly where my problems were and how to solve them, but I was out of time. A more rested Alex would have likely improvised and blew through the mountain of slides to get to the relevant points. Instead, I focused on presentation mechanics and slowly trudged through the first two authors.
After getting the mic pulled, I quietly sat through the class wishing for it to be over as soon as possible. 99% of the time, I would wait for the grade, accept things as they were, and move on.
Last night was different. I needed to be certain that I was actually capable of making a reasonable presentation.
Step 1 : Reduction
I actually had some great points to get across, however, they were buried under a mountain of supporting quotes. I chopped 71 slides down to 29. Each author was given one supporting quote, my overall take on their views, and a moment to present them within the context of their peers.
Step 2 : Aesthetics
I was largely disappointed with the feeling of the blocky images which had different sizes. I took each headshot, did a circular crop, then scaled them to match. I also rebuilt the framework graph. Thank you Chelsea for giving me a second pair of eyes.
So after staying up until 1AM, then sneaking in bits of work during the day, here is the updated presentation. It is considerably more clear, and while I still have nits, I am certain that I can create a reasonable presentation.
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