I have to say, I think today’s presentation went well. I didn’t see anyone fall asleep even in the dim lighting, I got a few questions at the end, a couple offers for help, and people laughed.
I’m particularly proud of one of my images, a graph. It was my one and only statistic. I didn’t mention it yesterday because I wasn’t positive it would go over well. My audience was appreciative, for which I was grateful. Yay. (Also, in case you were wondering, it is a real graph of the first 8 numbers in the Fibonacci sequence.)
The Jeopardy! rip-off game was really fun too. It always surprises me how much fun that game can be. We decided to have the teams wave a scarf in the air to buzz in with answers, and it actually worked really well. Notable team names were “Bad Reflexes” and “The Table.” The most popular category was “Two Truths and a Lie: Staff Edition,” in which teams had to pick the one lie out of three statements about me and my officemate. The ESL and GED categories were fine too though.
Based on comments I got after the presentation, my chosen strategy of using pictures, a conversational approach, and an interactive (and not too difficult) quiz game was well-received. I seem to have hit upon a lot of information that people were actually interested in by using this model. I also had a “wish list” slide to talk about our big dreams, and a couple of coworkers came up to me to say we should schedule a time to talk about how their programs could fulfill some of my site’s wishes. Sweet!
So I guess I’d call it a success. Now for a nap.