At least three months ago (probably longer), I did a talk for the RPS East Midlands Group on my completion of the Associateship Distinction. I did this in conjunction with a few other folks, who talked about Licentiate, and Fellowship. We did it in Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, and it went very well.. I do hope the RPS can run more events locally like this one…
Fast forward a little, and two of us (members of the Facebook, She Clicks group) were asked to repeat the talk as a Webinar.
Must confess to having got a bit excited about this, as did my co-presenter Lynn, who said she had to be bullied a bit to join in (not sure I had to bully much though!) ….. anyway………
Time passes – we start to put a talk together, and decide jointly that for most of it we would hide behind a slide show – not realising THEN, that even with the slide show running, we would still be in frame – albeit a small on in the corner of the screen.
This was revealed to us, during the rehearsal that we had with organiser Angela Nicholson, where we also had to figure out the software that was needed.
The Webinar was scheduled for December 4th, and I was away on holiday the week before – not getting back into the UK till late on the 2nd. Spent the 3rd updating what we were going to say, and then met early on the 4th to rehearse again and run through the talk – trying to remember not to talk over each other, and more importantly not to wave our arms around whilst speaking (must confess to being a bit of an arm waver…..)
What was disconcerting I found, was that although we could see Angela – we knew that no-one else could, so we sat looking into a camera, and apparently talked to ourselves for just about an hour….. it was a really odd feeling – In the back of my mind, I knew there were people there watching – but I’m used to seeing my ‘audience’, and hearing their mumbles…….
To cut a long story short – it seemed to go well – the feedback was positive, and although there are a few things I’d have changed (like probably smile a bit more – I think I might have looked a bit glum sometimes), and try not to be so hesitant over words – ie, practice more…. There were lots of questions at the end, and more on the Facebook page afterwards – which was great.
We were even told that we looked professional……
Having done it once, I think I’d be happy to do it again, especially with the knowledge that I have now. We all have to do things for a first time, and it can be nerve wracking…. I remember the first time I had to stand up and talk to an audience. It was a good few years ago, but I had had the benefit of a public speaking course. What I remembered was one thing……….
“Always remember that the folks down there looking at you, are probably thinking that they are glad it’s you, and not them…. so just look confident – get on with it, and they’ll appreciate everything you say”
Plus, the benefit is they can’t answer you back on a Webinar – well not till you’ve finished anyway….
So yes, I’d do it again, and having chatted to Lynn afterwards, I think she would too……
Here’s my ARPS Fine Art Panel that got me through, first time, and with flying colours….