Re: [Atlanta-Skeptics] SkeptiBOOTcamp 2010!

From: Swoopy
Sent on: Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:31 AM
Howdy SkeptiTaylor,

I think it's an awesome idea to have boot camps leading up to
Skepticamp Atlanta 2010. We all have so much to learn from one
another, and these sessions would be a great opportunity to fine tune
our presentations and to get tips on how other people deal with common
problems of giving presentations, including tech tips, etc.

Additionally, I would be happy to attend at least one of these to help
folks get comfortable with speaking into a microphone.  Doesn't matter
how awesome a speaker you are - if folks can't hear you. Even in a
small room you still need to project, and get close enough to the
microphone and speak directly into it so that everyone will
concentrate on what you're saying - not trying to decipher the words
by straining to hear or flinching from the loud plosive sounds or

It could be that I'm suggesting this because it's a pet peeve of mine
- also I hate interrupting people while they are speaking to get them
to put the mic next to their mouth as it disrupts the flow of the
presentation (and the recordings we do).  Let me know if you think
this would be something folks would wanna work on.

- Swoopy

On Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 7:20 AM, Christian <[address removed]> wrote:
> Hi all,
> This message comes from our very own Taylor Proctor. If you haven't met
> Taylor, seek her out at one of the meetings. Touching her on the forehead
> brings good luck!
> ====
> Greetings again, SkeptAtlantans!
> I'm putting together a SkeptiBOOTcamp (see what I did there). Which will
> consist of a series of workshops designed to assistant campers as they
> prepare for Skepticamp, and provide weekly opportunities for us to work on
> our presentations together. Because we're a SkeptiMMUNITY! That's "skeptic +
> community", if you didn't catch it.
> The purpose of SkeptiBOOTcamp workshops is NOT to give lectures about how to
> give lectures. But to provide campers informal setting to review
> presentation techniques, receive tips and advice, ask questions and work on
> presentations together with the support of peers and community,
> SKEPTImmunity.
> There will be a different SkeptiBOOTcamp "workshop" each week in April,
> given to small groups of 6 or 7 people. (additional sessions of each
> workshop will be scheduled according to interest level.)
> Tentative workshop focus areas:
> Workshop 1: Topic Brainstorm & Research Tips
> Workshop 2: Outlining and Format Techniques & Overview of Types and Styles
> of Presentations
> Workshop 3: Presentation Design (aka POWERPOINT)
> Workshop 4: Public Speaking? AHHHHHHHHH!
> Location:
> 660 Ralph McGill Blvd, Atlanta, 30312
> This is a very nice conference room available on-property where I live.
> Weekly Schedule:
> My go to is Sunday afternoons, 3pm because most people seem like that at it
> tends have minimal scheduling conflicts. But I am wide open to any alternate
> suggestions.
> I wanted to gauge interest level in SkeptiBOOTcamp and hear schedule
> availabilities of those who'd like to participate before I set anything in
> stone and move on ahead, so...
> Thoughts? Comments?
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