Much like Colin Firth in The King’s Speech, many of us are terrified of public speaking.
Giant hat and microphone combo FTW. Source: thinkingfaith.org
Unfortunately, saying words in front of other humans remains an important part of academic life, especially at venues like conferences. In a continuation of my series on giving presentations, I want to share some tips and tricks I recently learned from Theatre and Speech Communication professor Julie Kiernan on dealing with public speaking anxiety.
As a grad student, it is crucial to have a few go-to spots where I know I can automatically get into a productive frame of mind. I call upon each of them for different reasons and at different times. Here are a few of the beautiful places that help me get my work accomplished every day:
A sunny corner of my university library
Soo original, I know. But my university just completed construction on a gorgeous new library, so I take advantage of it at every possible opportunity. The best part: there are private (sound-proof!) study rooms that you can reserve for a study date with friends. With whiteboard walls, people! Walls you can WRITE ON! Enough said.
Like many of you, I suspect, I am an excellent procrastinator. Today, for example, is definitely a Lazy Sunday (think: “the Chronic – what – cles of Narnia”). But time wasting, especially when homework awaits, is more than, well, just a way to pass the time. It’s an art form. You have to put yourself in the right frame of mind to ignore your other responsibilities. With that said, below are my top 5 techniques for procrastination.
Too true. Courtesy of Creative Commons
I already mentioned in a previous post that I think it’s important to show up to class looking put together and professional. Today, here’s a visual guide to some school-friendly ensembles.
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My fellow blogger (and program friend and colleague) Anne’s post earlier this week on Galentine’s Day got me thinking about friendship. Specifically, grad school friendship.
Do I, though? Courtesy of unseendreamxrs on tumblr
Well, to put it bluntly, most of the time I don’t. I am a professional over-committer and if you ask me to do something, anything, I will probably agree to it. In the immortal words of Rogers and Hammerstein, “I cain’t say no.”