5 years later I enjoy presenting, yah I get nervous when presenting a new topic, but I jump at the opportunity to present. I like being in front of students and sharing with them what I know. Even better I like being in front of faculty and staff sharing what I know. At UTSA I presented to both, I submitted presentation proposals to a student leadership conference and a staff development conference and was accepted to both. Both only hour presentations, but both awesome. It felt great to apply for something I wanted and something I researched and then get it.
At TAMU presenting is a part of my job. When I interviewed in person they asked me to prepare a presentation on Risk Management. Just five minutes and not to worry too much about content, cause they were more interested in my presentation style. Well I don't know what my style is. I usually use power point cause I dislike prezi, I don't like handouts cause it wastes paper and I usually don't have a lot of questions afterwards cause I field them during. So is that a style? So I did a simple presentation with some Coyote cartoons and that was it.
So a week or so ago my boss told me that in two weeks she wanted me to give a presentation, open to the department, on how to review contracts. I was just learning how to review contracts that week, but the best way to learn something is to have to present on it. It gives you a deadline to learn it, makes you ask questions and makes you an expert. But how am I going to present it? My initial reaction to is always make presentations more fun than boring, but it's such a serious subject- contracts. Contracts aren't fun and exciting, they're tedious and you have to pay attention to all the little details. I went with my first instinct though when I interviewed and went for entertaining, so I'm hoping that's what they want here too. I can't stand up in front of my co-workers droning on about the importance of Student Rule 42 and making sure it states "a recognized organization" instead of the institution name and not try to liven it up a little bit. All the while reminding them "I'm not a lawyer" this is just advice.
So I have the outline done and I found a background I like in powerpoint but now I need a theme. A good theme that will keep them engaged and happy without losing the point of the presentation.