I crossed a professional goal off of my bucket list this weekend. Presenting at a national journalism conference tested me, and I worked really hard to perfect my session. We’re talking hours and hours of work on nights and weekends on one 50-minute presentation.
It paid off.
I had roughly 100 students and a few advisers attend my presentation. They tweeted to me, answered my questions, asked questions, and even wanted selfies with me when the presentation was over. I’m going to say I succeeded in my job of engaging them in the material and giving them a handful of advice to take home and apply to their own publications.
I made it very clear to the group that I am not an expert, but I do have a lot of advice from experts. The advice I have taken from experts has made a difference in my school publications and my teaching ability. That’s the information I shared.
“Just write good stories.” and “People remember stories about PEOPLE.” I then explained to them how to do this and where to find these stories within their own schools.
I was worried about filling all 50 minutes since I tend to talk fast, but I wasn’t nervous at all. The time went by quickly, and I even cut one of the examples out to make sure we finished within the time provided.
#nhsjc in Dallas was a success on many levels, and I’m thankful for the opportunity.