A Universe Trapped in a Labyrinth

This is my boring and interesting and teenager life spanning from age 15 to 18 (May 2015-August 2018)
Within you'll find many re-inventions of myself, boy trouble, school trouble and life trouble. (Plus interesting bits I thought I would include as well).
Do you dare to enter the maze?


3. Days of shadows and PowerPoint.

Date: Wednesday 13th May 2015 16:00

Entry: 3/?

Subject: Days of shadows and PowerPoint.

Tip/advice: #3 Relax. Take a deep breath. Write.



As you just sit quietly you tend to notice the little things; the things that no one seems to notice, the twisted, more imaginative view to the sight before you. My drama exam was today (nevertheless I was told that it was my best performance yet so my fears are sedated until August for when I really know), and as I sat there just waiting for when it was my lines I noticed the way the spotlights transformed the room into something else.

It seems all a bit silly but the shadows casted by a chair can make all the difference to a performance. The contorted, impossibly morphed shadows of the chair made the room seem as if a palace for the supernatural. I was just a trespasser, a mere black smudge compared to the splendour of it and the audience were just trees. Silent, nearly smiling and crying at the same time trees. The examiner, the grand oak, sat pristine with a tall back and leaves of paper and photos of all of us organised, into a chaos, around her. Sometimes the little things matter. Sometimes they don’t. I still like to see them all though.


Anyway after that I was in English, laughing at Blackadder goes forth and such obvious stupidity, when I was told that I had to prepare and do something. Presentations. Now, I hate presentations. I loathe presentations. If I could, I would send them to hell but somebody told me that they were vital in the footsteps towards adulthood or some philosophical piece like that. I knew that for coursework I would have to do a presentation of my choice next year but this presentation that I had to prepare was boring. It was so boring that I would rather sit and watch paint dry for the rest of my life. That may be a hyperbole but I feel that way towards set subjects and presentations.

However, as much as I loathe them to the very fibre of my being I am going to share my tips (hopefully those I will abide by when I have to do it).

Talk naturally to the audience – although it may be appropriate to read short passages avoid reading from a script.

2.Stand, rather than sit, and use gestures when appropriate – but avoid pacing backwards and forwards like a trapped animal, it will make your audience feel the same way and disinterested.

3.Vary the tone, pitch and volume of your voice - to add emphasis and maintain the audience’s interest.  Aim to speak loudly and clearly while facing the audience.  Avoid talking in a monotone voice or turning your back to the audience.

4.Make eye contact with the audience.  Do not stare at your feet and avoid looking directly at any one person for more than a few seconds.

5.Use visual aids where appropriate, graphs and charts, diagrams, pictures and video - but don’t overdo it. 

6.Rehearse your talk – practice makes perfect.

7.Prepare and structure your presentation carefully.  Introduce the subject – tell the audience what your talk is about.  Explain the points you wish to convey to the audience and end with a summary of your points.

8.Stay focused throughout your presentation – avoid irrelevance and unnecessary detail.

9.Learn to channel any nervous energy, relax but stay alert.

10. Answer any questions as honestly and concisely as you can.  If you don’t know the answer then say so and offer to provide further information when possible (although they probably won’t ask again).

And there you have it.


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