my first taste of public speaking.

I needn’t have been so nervous yesterday; everything went (almost) without a hitch. I’m pleased to report that my talk at charlton house went down a treat. We got there nice and early, giving us time to set up and get ready properly. Then Gavin, the guy running Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival, introduced us to the not-too-small, not-too-big audience. First Lyn did a set, playing four or five of her songs, then it was my turn.

I’m pleased to report that my nerves vanished as I pressed the buttons on my Ipad, triggering the commentary for the slides gavin was projecting. My only concern was over whether everyone in the room could hear me, as I was using Lyn’s bluetooth speaker. Nonetheless, we got through the slides at a good pace, the only delay being when it came to switching between the slides and the clips I wanted to project. I had chosen not to go into too much theory – there’s a lot to explore around cinephiliac moments, but I didn’t want to get bogged down (although perhaps I should have mentioned [i]punctum[/i]). I think I balanced it well, for a mostly lay, non-academic audience though, and it was warmly received. On the way out, Gavin told me he would like to do it again, and I now think I would be up for that.

So there we have it: my first taste of public speaking. While it took quite a bit of preparation, and there one or two hitches, I found it an overwhelmingly positive experience. Paul recorded it, so you can watch my little talk here. Nonetheless, I have a feeling that this is just the first such talk I’ll be giving.

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