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Presentation Feedback

Here is the feedback provided by my tutor for my recent presentation (here):

“A thorough, wide-ranging and interesting presentation that illustrated the important contribution your placement has made to Fierce Earth. This dynamic, cutting edge production company have spotted something rare in you – energy, professional commitment, and a determination to start something new. You showed good creative and technical skills in handling communication technologies; these were real evidence of understanding relevant techniques in the field. They are also skills that are really valuable for your own future development and for Fierce Earth. You had carried out appropriate research in breadth and depth and showed an awareness of current issues in the field of live art development. You were evidently well prepared and had planned and rehearsed the work, but you could improve on your own body language when presenting (stop that old twisted feet routine) and although you had provided little prompt cards for yourself, you still need to practice more relaxed and fluent eye contact with your listeners. Find ways of ‘performing’ the confidence you deservedly can have in your own work. Your vocal delivery could be more confident and more varied in tone – nerves tend to ‘flatten’ your voice a little, so try some breathing exercises before formal presentations. The structure of your presentation could have been sharpened by a more rigorous selection of material, and by thinking through ways of bringing the thing to a more interesting conclusion. Nevertheless, very good work. Well done.”

So…improvements to make for next time following my production module are:

Presenting skills
Confidence in delivery and content
Delivery to peers to sharpen and information included

Now for the Oral exam on the 15th January!?!

Placement Presentation

Last night at 7pm was my presentation for the placement module of my MA (the reason why I have been blogging!). I thought I’d share the presentation and the content with you here, feel free to leave comments or suggestions on how you prepare for presentations, and combat those nerves!

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Placement Update

Over the past couple of weeks I have worked on a number of blog posts for the Fierce Earth blog, worked on general documents for Fierce and helped Simon with the Fierce Christmas Card…something worth getting excited about!

On Tuesday was the Fierce Christmas Dinner at the Red Lion in Hockley (one of Helga’s favourite new pubs) it was loooovely! Food was great, company even better with bonus of Secret Santa and paper hats! Now I’m feeling suitably festive!

I have been working on my presentation which is looming…7pm on Monday 15th, and since I scrapped my original I have now started all over again with the focus on “what I have learned, what I want to learn now” and so on…

This is when I thank my blog so I can refer to all those things which I have done and become self-reflective, in a practical way!

What do you think I have learned? I have achieved my learning outcomes?

As you can see this is still work in progress…help!

Trip to Chester

On Tuesday 18th I took a trip to Chester to meet with my tutor, Kate. My meeting was at 11.30 and was really for a catch up, to run over what information I had for my upcoming presentation and report.

General points were that with my presentation she said that all sources should be referenced as you would do within your report.

Key points were that the presentation should be a reflection about what I have learned about myself. What did I know when I started, how changed in between and how I feel now. To discuss skills I have acquired and what would like to learn more of. I need to also consider where I want to go?…BIG QUESTIONS!

In terms of the report, I should consider who the audience is? Who am I writing this for? My answer was her…but she said consider that it is for good 3rd year graduates.

In terms of referencing for the report she explained how many of the other MA students had re-visited the ‘Project Management and Self-Management’ module reading such as Berkun‘The Art of Project Management’. Organisational theorists such as Gareth Morgan and the book by Chris Bilton, plus appropriate journals: the International Journal of Arts Management, The Work Foundation and the Warwick Centre for Cultural Policy Studies website.

In terms of the content, looking at my report plan she said the information detailed in the beginning should be short, to the point and in bullet points. The first place I should start is the placement and given tasks – about my experience and giving recommendations for my personal development.

Halloween!

To begin I put together a couple of slides and made a simpler copy of a document for Helga and Mark to discuss before their afternoon meeting. This took most of the morning and some of the afternoon.

Once they had left I began to call those venues confirmed for Reverend Billy to ascertain what types of spaces were planned for his performances. I spoke to a couple of people but not those who really knew anything so it will be something to pick up on again.

Helga called whilst she was out to ask me to arrange a courier – Network Logistics (other couriers are available) to pick up the Creative Republic banners etc from ICE in Coventry.

Simon came into the office at 3 and began to brief me on the Sandwell Conference on the 7th November at the public. The running order, PowerPoint, slides needed, etc. Barbara Nice will be presenting and I very excited to see her in action!

I found this on YouTube – I have no idea what it says…my PC I’m on hasn’t any sound!

Afterwards, we (Helga, Simon, Mark and I) went to the new Urban Art Barthe Red Lion for a Halloween drink and I met Simon, Helga’s husband for the first time.