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Getting ready for my annual tech presentation…

I was building out my presentation (I am starting my school visits the end of this month) of cool tech. I am no longer, for safety reasons allowed to fly a drone in the crowd. The kids loved seeing their aces on the screen behind me, but principals tell me that is a no-no due to insurance rules. That is fair, so instead, I will show the drone, although I am going to ask if I can at least use a smaller drone on stage with me. The goal of these presentations is to get the future excited about the art of the possible and the art of the potential.  It is fun; normally they ask to speak for 46 minutes towards the end of the day. The first time I did this, they had me speak at the end of the day to the Seniors.

5 people could ask questions; the rest of the kids had to rush to the bus. I ended up with more than 100 emails with questions. The next layer I presented to the Juniors and the Seniors, but they left a half hour for questions. I still ended up with more than 100 emails to answer. I didn’t do a presentation due to my job requirements for a year. I started up again about four years ago. This is my 7th year in Maryland and 6th time presenting. In the past four years, I have moved earlier in the afternoon so that I could answer questions. It is also fun because now I get to present to the entire student body of the tech high school (Freshman – Seniors).

This year is the first year that everyone except for the youngest (freshman) have seen my presentation. I am going to have to come up with more dad jokes.

Here are the technologies I am covering this year:

  1. 5g handset networks (now live in Chicago and Minneapolis Minnesota. It will next be live in Seoul South Korea).
  2. Drones. I have to.
  3. 3d printers and the magic of the mind, to software to the printer.

I suspect I will work up a few dad jokes as well. I have a few, but you can always use dad joke backups or as I like to call it RAIDJ (redundant array of inexpensive dad jokes). You can never have too many Dad Jokes. I do keep and share a running tally of groans for the presentation and share it with the audience. That normally gets a laugh!

  • Do dad jokes make me groan?

    • Yes
    • No
  • be honest did you groan when i explained what RaidJ meant?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you like public speaking?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. I never like oral presentation or public speaking. I work best behind the scene like doing the research. So in my previous work I decide on what trainings need to be given and several times had to prepare the training material myself but the HR conducts the training. I am good at handling questions though.

  2. My job includes giving technical assistance to the local government units on how to run the government on their own since they were given a local autonomy under our local government code. This includes giving discussions about different topics. So I can say that I am exposed to public speaking. Though I am aware that I am not very good when it comes to public speaking because I am a shy type of person. But with every weakness we have, there is a corresponding strength. I use my skills in technology such as incorporating some sort of games within the presentation which can help retain the attention of the audience. You know when people are interested because they are listening intently and attentive. They patiently wait for the next words and slides. People love new things that could give them additional knowledge.

  3. I never liked public speaking until I lost my son. Now I enjoy talking to others about suicide. People have lots of questions and tend to ask when I explain my story. Some schools will not allow me to talk, the reason? Ready for it? Because “talking about suicide makes them think about it more and puts thoughts in their heads.” This came from a principal. I told him, are you kidding me? The thoughts are already there. They need to talk about it . Anyway, the short answer is yes I enjoy talking if people enjoy listening.

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