I have to do a presentation on the Systems I look after to some of the other teams at work. I guess it's ok. After all, I am presenting on something I should know inside-out. The only daunting part maybe that some of the higher managers might attend the presentation as well. I guess they would like to know where all the money from the past expenditures that they have been approving is going into.
I borrowed my manager's mp3 player which is able to do recordings as well and found a spare room to do a test trial. After taping myself through the first half of the presentation, I stopped the recorder and started to play back the recording.
"Umms" repeated during the first 5 mins : 21 (I stopped counting the 'umms' after the first 5 mins were played -- 'Umms' are bad infront of a sentence, makes the listeners think you are uncertain on what you are talking about).
The playback also made my voice sound rather high pitched. Something I had not realised before. Actually, not just high pitched, it made me sound like some highschool girl. Not at all professional. The worst thing was I actually thought I sounded ok. And I was feeling pretty good about the test trial (before actually hearing back the recording that is). Talk about anti-climax.
The main objective of the presentation is to present our latest achievements and what we have been working on for the year. I guess I should go and work on my presentation slides a bit more now and add some more diagrams and graphs. Hopefully, I won't have to speak as much if I can keep them occupied with the diagrams and graphs.