As you can probably tell from the title, I presented a TED talk. The process was very unique and I definitely am proud of myself for doing it. I have not really loved presentations in the past, just because of speaking in front of everyone, so this was an accomplishment for me. ⭐️
First, my class watched profesional TED talks on the TED website. We paid attention to the little things that the speakers did to engage the audience and speak from their perspective. My personal favorites were the topics that no one would really think to consider. Next, we choose an idea to share. This part was easy for me because I have always been passionate about taking care of animals, so I wanted to share my story along with some tips to my class. 🐹
After that, we researched and created our talks. I knew most of the facts I shared in my presentation, which meant I didn’t have to do much research. I used an example in my slides of a cage that is too small for a guinea pig, and one that is big enough for two. I also made an acronym to help the audience remember the key points (PETS= passion, expense, time, and shelter + food).
The most important part of making my talk was practice. My plan was to practice it all the way through three times for each day, and that’s what I did! Having this plan helped me to put forth my best effort and presenting it eventually became instinct. 👍
That brings me to my last step: presenting. Like I said before, presenting in front of several people has not always been my favorite. However, this time was slightly less nerve-wracking. Don’t get me wrong, I was still nervous to present it, but the fact that I had practiced my talk multiple times made me feel prepared. My presentation went smoothly and exactly how I wanted it to go. 👩🏫
At the end of my talk, I got to see the reactions from my peers. This was by far my favorite part. My classmates were very supportive of my and everyone else’s talk. The round of applause never died, even when it got to the last presentation in the last class of the day. I believe that support made me feel even more comfortable giving my talk. 🤗
I am very grateful to have had this experience to grow in my researching, planning, and presenting skills. 🧩