I gave my first Zoom presentation yesterday, as a guest “author” for a local women’s group. I love speaking to groups. I had a great nine-slide power point presentation ready to go for a 20-minute talk.
As I rambled through slide three, the host said, “You have five minutes to go.” Panic. I flew through the meat of the talk and rushed into my “final takeaway” slide. Oops. I guess I lost more time than I realized trying to figure out the technology - how to see people’s faces, my slides, and my notes all at once. Apparently, it can’t be done effectively. There’s more to Zoom presenting than I realized.
Oh well. It wasn’t a disaster. I learned some things – practice, print your notes, watch the clock, don’t try to see your audience, and be grateful for awesome friends who show up for moral support and say, “You did fine!”
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 288: 151 words, TOTAL = 48,067; 11,933 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.