I managed to make it through the seminar I had to give today, and I think I did well. I still need to work on speaking slowly and clearly, but I think the content came across well enough anyway. Here’s a link to the slide show, if you’re interested in a bulleted version of my talk (apologies to Flickr randoms I borrowed, and Google Docs seems to have mangled my PowerPoint slightly).
The ride home today was serene. On the train in West London, passing through trees changing color and football pitches waiting for players, it seemed there was nothing better or more peaceful than a sunny, autumn afternoon, when the sunlight shines strong at low angles to the Earth, lighting everything with an ethereal glow, and there’s a chill in the air and Midlake in my headphones. The Midlake is key.
Interesting sideshow. I didn’t realize that Jenny McCarthy was a Protussist.
You are indeed a fast talker. Basically you can’t have your mouth run at the same speed as your brain, so either slow your brain down (with alcohol, depression, general malaise, etc) or concentrate just a bit on annunciating your words. Turn contractions into the original phrase (don’t = do not) and when you notice your body is nervous make an effort to relax in general, as a tense mouth moves much faster than a relaxed one.
Glad to hear things are going well!!
…if your feeling the Midlake this time of year I can recommend a few CDs that also have an ethereal glow that would suit the mood. Try the newest Department of Eagles and Chad VanGaalen records as well as last year’s wonderful release from Sibylle Baier.