A Prime Example of a Powerful Presentation–Avoiding Powerpoint Poisoning

VSTE logoWhile my mind and brain are at a holding pattern at 20 years of age, the lower part of my body is going on with life anyway, dealing with the reality of 49 years of life.

My brain thinks, “Yo, dude, we’re 20!” and my lower extremities think, “Yeah, right.”

I tend to ignore pain, and recently, while helping host a couple from France at the Archives and Collections at Colonial Williamsburg, I was having a “Wow!” moment seeing behind the scenes, not realizing that the searing pain in my knee was trying to send a signal to the brain (“Yo! I’m 20!”) that something was wrong. To get to the point of this diatribe, I was told by my doctor that I have arthritis in my knee (Knee to brain: “We’re in trouble down here! Note how swelled up I am!”) (brain to knee: “Shut up! I’m having too much fun! I’m 20!”).

So, the most comfortable spot to stop pain was, I found, to lean sideways on the office chair at home, prop my left knee on the third desk drawer that’s propped slightly open, being careful not to hit the drawer pull, and prop my right knee against the computer desk. Turn the chair sideways enough to face the monitor, and, voila, the pain disappears!

I spent my time exploring Classroom 2.0 looking for groups that might give me some pointers for my VSTE presentation in Roanoke in February (reaction: stomach tension, knees knocking, and subsequent pain), I came across [trumpet fanfare, please, complete with pipe organ] an eye-popping, head shaking, WOW, blog for how to present well, thanks to Nancy on one of our recent conversations regarding Movie Maker.

Please check it out! Your time will be well spent, and if you’re a presenter, it’ll make a difference!

Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? and the posting: Presenting about presenting by Scott Elias