My dear readers, I want to give a full feedback of the presenters, who got my interest and attention during their presentations.
To begin with myself, I can say that after all the comments and feedback I got from my friends and expats, I feel much satisfied. Yes, I felt nervous about it, but who didn’t?! Nevertheless, the end was excellent, and the practice I got was valuable. Right now, I can say I have a practice in public speaking. Thinking about my yesterday’s presentation, I asked myself what I would feel if I was to give that presentation to Toastmasters members. The answer is I will get with it easily. I am thankful to my teacher for my first experience.
So, about the presenters:
The first came a presentation of “LL education”. To be honest, I do have nothing to tell about the speech, because I missed the beginning of the presentation, and the body as well. However, I listened to it when just few hours before the presentation time. It was not so bad.
The second presenter told about “Critical thinking”. I liked Aina’s presentation, exactly, organization of the presentation. It was Aina, whose presentation gave me an idea to add outline of your speech on the slide. I saw a bit embarrassment in Aina’s presentation, but I was glad it didn’t affect her speech so much. What I liked the most about my and Aina’s presentations was that we had our speeches videotaped. So, in the evening we had a lot of fun about our performances.
The third presenter was Aliya, our strict grammar girl. Her title was eye-catching and unusual. How can we play grammar you will think after reading her title. Most of all I remembered a game she used in the very beginning. Immediately, the next day I used that game with my students at school. What is significant about Aliya is whatever she asks or says she does it with strong confidence. For instance, I might doubt asking some questions and think if it isn’t explicit to ask, but not Aliya. It is a good quality. Keep up, Aliya.
The next came out mature teacher Laura. Everybody would agree that Laura has a strong sense of Kazakh woman. I like her myth about bears and hunters, her voice and her attitude to the audience. It even seems to me that she treats her audience as her students sometimes.
The list of the presenters was continued by Botakoz. Her topic was about motivating reading. It is a very good issue to deal in the classroom. I regret our guests don’t know Jon Larsen, otherwise Botakoz could entitle her speech “How to raise Jon Larsen in our students?”. Nevertheless, I enjoyed Bota’s presentation and even wrote down some of the solutions.
Then we had Sunny with her presentations. Her speech proved me again that it is a pleasure to listen to her, her voice is like a lullaby, which makes you not to sleep, but listen and listen to her. When Sunny mentioned MI I saw smile on Josh’s face. He, probably, was glad to have someone use what he told us about few weeks earlier.I found many things I will hopefully use in my classroom and with my weak students (I wish all my students to be strong and smart).
After we listened to Dinara, who told us about listening. All my attention was on her topic, because listening is one of my weak points. I tried to get as much as possible from her presentation. I got much from Dinara’s presentation, but still I had my satisfaction waiting for additional research.
After a short break, we listened to the only man’s presentation among us. Nurbolat was a bit nervous, I could feel it sitting far from him. I liked his ideas about old and new technologies, but sometimes I couldn’t follow his ideas.
Finally, we listened to Anar’s presentation. Anara’s presentation was very smart, she used good aids, that’s why it was interesting to look at the slides and, at the same time, to listen to her speech. Languages, as well as studying abroad are my passions. And I could listen to these topics hours and hours.
Despite our nervousness, we did it well and to our own benefit. All of us made a big step forward in improvement of our presentational skills. Thank you for our teacher for organizing these presentations, and having all the expats invited to our speeches. It is one of the great moments I will always remember about PDP days. As a result of the unity of our intentions we did well.

 

P.S. Listen to the song “One for all” by Diana Ross.

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Today I would like to write about the presentations we did on the topic of our research. Telling the truth, it was a difficult for nearly all of us to speak in front of the large audience. As a matter of fact, our teacher invited expats to our presentations. All in all, we had 5 presenters, and one of them was me. Giving a presentation in front of an audience requires the art of public speaking. And I proved it to myself again. If you lack communication skills, you worry lot about it. The art of public speaking requires continuous efforts of the development and practice. Making an effort always goes hand by hand with practice.

So, today I had one effort made for self-improvement of public speaking. I should admit, it was good. Of course, I cannot know it myself, that was what my classmates told me. However, the main evaluation will come from the experts, who experienced it and is still experiencing in their lives.

The most important thing we should learn while speaking in front of the audience is controlling your fear. I have read so much about such kind of fear, and it does help me a lot. And today’s presentation was a good example of it. Like other presenters I worried so much about my presentation. Though I worked with all possible fears, I still couldn’t concentrate on the main point and sit quiet. If a person looks at me, he will feel nothing about my fear, because I do not have my hands shaking, I do not have my voice trembling and I have no hysterics as well. But if you only know what is going on inside me?! I can possibly control all the fears that occur before a presentation, but when it comes to the time to do a presentation, you feel how you lose control over fears. Accordingly, the fears begin appearing on your appearance, letting the audience know your real inner feelings. That’s what I passed ( possibly passed over). This victory came quite after reading more about fear of public speaking. You can go the earliest posts to find out more about glossophobia.

Do not think that reading won’t do so much good for you. It is a big mistake. If you know the secrets of making presentations, you will possibly find your own ways to cope with the problem. One of the reasons I made a presentation in front of the people is dealing with fear and practicing to cope with it effectively. Having done something in the most difficult level from the first try makes easier you next try in a less difficult situation. So do not blame your destiny or  people if something gets to you with lots of hardships and efforts. Remember, the life wants you to learn.

Recently, I have found a way to keep your voice balanced during a presentation. Let’s, first, go to the root of the problem. Your voice trembles, because there is a fight between the process of continuous speaking and air that seeks a way out from your lungs. So, what do we usually do in such a case? We keep speaking and speaking and speaking. Why do we do so?  – Because we know that pause will make our audience think that I forgot your words. So, your inner voice is trying to assure you “It is not so, I know all the words. And I won’t stop, I won’t make my audience to get a false thought.” Though you do not realize that you make that fight (speaking process vs. air) worsen, which causes  a tremble. So, I want to advice if you feel it, simply make a pause and let the air out. Otherwise, you will lose a part of what you have been doing well.

It is not a dead advice. I assure you, it works.