The weekend is by the corner and I feel a little tired after this long week. This post is more like an update for me and you. Practical the second semester of my 4th year started and I feel so strange that this is my last semester as an undergraduate student. I feel strange: happy because I will graduate in June this year, but also sad because my proper studding period is ending and now a lot of changes are on the horizon. But until then I still have 5 more months to go ^_^
This post is mostly about me being completely surprised and overwhelmed this Wednesday. Someone in December (I don’t even remember exactly when) I have applied to a conference : Tomorrow’s Mathematicians Today. I wanted to present my dissertation on Cryptology, and I have completed their application process and wrote a short 200 words abstract about my paper. I know that if I have applied, it means I wanted to participate, but I never thought they would chose my paper. So, on Wednesday I have received an email saying:
Thank you very much for applying to give a talk at the upcoming Tomorrow’s Mathematicians today conference. We are delighted to say that your submission was successful and we would love for you to give your planned talk.
I am incredibly happy and excited for it, but also stressed and confused because I have never done something like this before. I have 30 minutes, of which 20 minutes should be the presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Moreover, I am allowed to use a blackboard together with the projector. So far I have decided that I will try to make an interesting PowerPoint presentation instead of using the blackboard.
Due to this, there are a couple of things that I would like to find from you:
- Do you have any advice concerning what I should do with my nerves before the presentation? I am really shy when it comes to this kind of things?
- Is there ok to just do a PowerPoint presentation? or I should also use the blackboard (considering that I have only 20 minutes)?
- Do you have any tips in general, considering the presentation? Are there things I should really consider doing or not doing?
Thank you very very very much for your help and support. Enjoy the rest of the week.Thank you for reading. You can find me on Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget that maths is everywhere! ^_^