Found 27th Aug 2009
Gotta give a speech at uni for a genetic disorder i leaerned about yesterday. Its to be ten minutes long now im panicing a bit. The actual talking doesnt worry me its just the subject.

Anyone else every found themselves in a situation like that?

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situation like what?

specify what concerns you

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ClarityofMind;6139773

situation like what?specify what concerns you



Having to give an important speech (my entrance to uni depends on it) and being ill prepared

shosie;6139793

Having to give an important speech (my entrance to uni depends on it) and … Having to give an important speech (my entrance to uni depends on it) and being ill prepared



write notes and prepare yourself make sure you're familiar with your notes so that a single word can set you off onto a whole topic within a topic

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ClarityofMind;6139808

write notes and prepare yourself make sure you're familiar with your … write notes and prepare yourself make sure you're familiar with your notes so that a single word can set you off onto a whole topic within a topic



Thanks, but i know all that lol ive given speeches to big business and things, but its just i had to send my presentation off at 4 oclock to the lecturer, and cant change anything now

Everyone Has A Genetic Dissorder As Perfection Is A Myth

shosie;6139845

Thanks, but i know all that lol ive given speeches to big business and … Thanks, but i know all that lol ive given speeches to big business and things, but its just i had to send my presentation off at 4 oclock to the lecturer, and cant change anything now



well then dont worry about it lol

if theres nothing you can do.. thats life x x

what genetic disorder ?

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ClarityofMind;6139861

well then dont worry about it lolif theres nothing you can do.. thats … well then dont worry about it lolif theres nothing you can do.. thats life x x


yeah i feel more advataged comapred to the others
raptorcigs;6139856

Everyone Has A Genetic Dissorder As Perfection Is A Myth



im sure the jfk would disagree

shosie;6139845

Thanks, but i know all that lol ive given speeches to big business and … Thanks, but i know all that lol ive given speeches to big business and things, but its just i had to send my presentation off at 4 oclock to the lecturer, and cant change anything now



Are you saying that basically you have to read out a paper (on a genetic disease) that you have already prepared and submitted?
Are you also saying that you fear that your submission is inadequate and that is why you are panicking?

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choc1969;6139869

what genetic disorder ?



Haemophilia

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chesso;6139876

Are you saying that basically you have to read out a paper (on a genetic … Are you saying that basically you have to read out a paper (on a genetic disease) that you have already prepared and submitted? Are you also saying that you fear that your submission is inadequate and that is why you are panicking?



No we had to amke a power point and submit that and then the speech is to be given tommorow.

And yeah due to time constraits i think it lacks a certain something

shosie;6139898

No we had to amke a power point and submit that and then the speech is to … No we had to amke a power point and submit that and then the speech is to be given tommorow.And yeah due to time constraits i think it lacks a certain something


Well OK then - all is not lost. Its just a Power Point and what you never want to do with a powerpoint is to read it out - your audience can read for themselves!!! Just use the pp as a 'background' for you to wow them with your knowledge and understanding of sex-linked genetic disease, specifically haemophilia.

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chesso;6139931

Well OK then - all is not lost. Its just a Power Point and what you never … Well OK then - all is not lost. Its just a Power Point and what you never want to do with a powerpoint is to read it out - your audience can read for themselves!!! Just use the pp as a 'background' for you to wow them with your knowledge and understanding of sex-linked genetic disease, specifically haemophilia.



yeah done that left it suitably vague

Chesso is absolutely correct. The powerpoint should just be a prompt, a visual aid, no more. Re read what you submitted and what you have learnt about the subject, plan out what you wish to say to each slide. 10 minutes isn't very long at all - should really only be 5 or 6 slides (but don't worry if you submitted more). Maybe try and find an interesting case study to speak about to give some depth to the slides...

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jah128;6140091

Chesso is absolutely correct. The powerpoint should just be a prompt, a … Chesso is absolutely correct. The powerpoint should just be a prompt, a visual aid, no more. Re read what you submitted and what you have learnt about the subject, plan out what you wish to say to each slide. 10 minutes isn't very long at all - should really only be 5 or 6 slides (but don't worry if you submitted more). Maybe try and find an interesting case study to speak about to give some depth to the slides...



Yeah ive done all that before, i done it for like 4 months lol on a training programme and done all kinds of speechs to people in ibm t mobile. RBS, to name a few. Its too late to add details in now, ive got 12 slides. but one has my name on, 1s an over view one sums up one has refrences and one has questions. so its only really like 6 slides

jah128;6140091

Chesso is absolutely correct. The powerpoint should just be a prompt, a … Chesso is absolutely correct. The powerpoint should just be a prompt, a visual aid, no more. Re read what you submitted and what you have learnt about the subject, plan out what you wish to say to each slide. 10 minutes isn't very long at all - should really only be 5 or 6 slides (but don't worry if you submitted more). Maybe try and find an interesting case study to speak about to give some depth to the slides...



A very good suggestion jah.
I guess, shosie, that you know of the classic example, which is Q Victoria's family tree and one of the most famous sufferers was Alexei, the son of Nicholas II.
Rasputin was brought in to try to cure him as the genetic link wasn't known at the time and therein lies a whole historical disaster!!

The point is that you talk - it doesn't matter really what's on the powerpoint.

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chesso;6140160

A very good suggestion jah. I guess, shosie, that you know of the classic … A very good suggestion jah. I guess, shosie, that you know of the classic example, which is Q Victoria's family tree and one of the most famous sufferers was Alexei, the son of Nicholas II.Rasputin was brought in to try to cure him as the genetic link wasn't known at the time and therein lies a whole historical disaster!!The point is that you talk - it doesn't matter really what's on the powerpoint.



Yeah funnily none of the descendants of our royal family have it now, but other ones oin europe do

So, from your replies,you are confident with the powerpoint and the presentation and you know what you're going to say and understand the subject matter, although in your OP you said 'it's just the subject' that concerns you.
So what actually is the reason for panic?

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chesso;6140248

So, from your replies,you are confident with the powerpoint and the … So, from your replies,you are confident with the powerpoint and the presentation and you know what you're going to say and understand the subject matter, although in your OP you said 'it's just the subject' that concerns you.So what actually is the reason for panic?



I think the knowledge i have is a bit 'lesser' than what is needed, i mean like i know what to do and what im going to say and i feel i have covered everything in the best detail i can theres juist somes bits thats a tad waffly like the actual genetic bit of it all. I mean it is a course on genetics after all.

10 minutes - you wont really have time to waffle! Don't concentrate to hard on the slides, just relay as much useful information as you can and read around whats on the slides.

To be honest, the nerves you have are likely more to do with the importance of the talk than the content itself. You'll be fine when you actually begin, adrenaline will see you through, just try not to get too stressed before hand. I'm not a fan of public speaking myself, always get nervous before hand, but when you actually begin its over in no time and there is a warm feeling of accomplishment that should give you confidence for the rest of your interview...

Remember if its a course on genetics you're not expected to be an expert before hand - its more a test of your aptitude and demeanour...

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jah128;6140303

10 minutes - you wont really have time to waffle! Don't concentrate to … 10 minutes - you wont really have time to waffle! Don't concentrate to hard on the slides, just relay as much useful information as you can and read around whats on the slides.To be honest, the nerves you have are likely more to do with the importance of the talk than the content itself. You'll be fine when you actually begin, adrenaline will see you through, just try not to get too stressed before hand. I'm not a fan of public speaking myself, always get nervous before hand, but when you actually begin its over before you begin...



Yeah i never was either i couldnt hay speak in fronmt of class mates in school and now ive done speeches at the local college on how to run a sucessful business. erm i know where your coming from and your probably right just now my talk runs on for about 2 minutes but like you said adrenaline will kick in so itll be fine on the day i reckons..

Thanks for the tips and chesso to

shosie;6140275

I think the knowledge i have is a bit 'lesser' than what is needed, i … I think the knowledge i have is a bit 'lesser' than what is needed, i mean like i know what to do and what im going to say and i feel i have covered everything in the best detail i can theres juist somes bits thats a tad waffly like the actual genetic bit of it all. I mean it is a course on genetics after all.



So you are applying to do a uni Genetics degree and this presentaion is part of the interview process? You are a mature student?
You cannot be waffly about this sort of genetics - it's actually impossible. It's straight forwards and logical. Just describe the facts and you'll be fine. I think you are just feeling the natural nerves that anyone would be experiencing.
Can I answer any questions for you on the actual genetic bit?

jah128;6140303

10 minutes - you wont really have time to waffle! Don't concentrate to … 10 minutes - you wont really have time to waffle! Don't concentrate to hard on the slides, just relay as much useful information as you can and read around whats on the slides.To be honest, the nerves you have are likely more to do with the importance of the talk than the content itself. You'll be fine when you actually begin, adrenaline will see you through, just try not to get too stressed before hand. I'm not a fan of public speaking myself, always get nervous before hand, but when you actually begin its over in no time and there is a warm feeling of accomplishment that should give you confidence for the rest of your interview...Remember if its a course on genetics you're not expected to be an expert before hand - its more a test of your aptitude and demeanour...



Completely agree. My accent actually changes the more nervous I am:roll:

chesso;6140352

Completely agree. My accent actually changes the more nervous I am:roll:



:lol: Me too I start to speak a rough County Durham accent. Don't really think it works too well at international conferences, but can't really stop myself!

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chesso;6140340

So you are applying to do a uni Genetics degree and this presentaion is … So you are applying to do a uni Genetics degree and this presentaion is part of the interview process? You are a mature student? You cannot be waffly about this sort of genetics - it's actually impossible. It's straight forwards and logical. Just describe the facts and you'll be fine. I think you are just feeling the natural nerves that anyone would be experiencing. Can I answer any questions for you on the actual genetic bit?



Im applying to do biomedical science and going into year 2. Genetics was taugh in the first year of the course so this is a 'upto speed thing' I think your rightly waffylness is coming from the 'i gotta get this right' Im only 17

I think what ive got is all pretty much there, could you do me a huge favour and take a quick glance over my notes and see what u think?

chesso;6140352

Completely agree. My accent actually changes the more nervous I am:roll:



Ah like in that opposide of freinds where ross speaks in an english accent

jah128;6140416

:lol: Me too I start to speak a rough County Durham accent. Don't really … :lol: Me too I start to speak a rough County Durham accent. Don't really think it works too well at international conferences, but can't really stop myself!


Well I've never spoken at international conferences but even in school staff meetings, I get very very Welsh. The alternative is to start crying.:roll: My usual acccent is a sort of vaguely northern one!!

shosie;6140455

Im applying to do biomedical science and going into year 2. Genetics was … Im applying to do biomedical science and going into year 2. Genetics was taugh in the first year of the course so this is a 'upto speed thing' I think your rightly waffylness is coming from the 'i gotta get this right' Im only 17 :)I think what ive got is all pretty much there, could you do me a huge favour and take a quick glance over my notes and see what u think?Ah like in that opposide of freinds where ross speaks in an english accent


Will do. I'll PM you now.

17 and you're planning on going into 2nd year of uni?!?

(Take it you're Scottish?)

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chesso;6140472

Will do. I'll PM you now.



Thanks its really appreiciated

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jah128;6140478

17 and you're planning on going into 2nd year of uni?!?(Take it you're … 17 and you're planning on going into 2nd year of uni?!?(Take it you're Scottish?)



Yeah, i don e a year at college last year which counted as my first uni year. yeah howd you know that

shosie;6140496

Yeah, i don e a year at college last year which counted as my first uni … Yeah, i don e a year at college last year which counted as my first uni year. yeah howd you know that



Just because Scottish uni's tend to have more 4 year courses with a 'foundation' style year - you don't get many (any?) English uni's where you can join the second year without at least a HND-equiv, as far as I am aware. Regardless, well done for being in the position where its a possibility and good luck (although speaking as a long-term student-for-not-much-longer I'd opt to be a student as long as you possibly can :giggle:)

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jah128;6140525

Just because Scottish uni's tend to have more 4 year courses with a … Just because Scottish uni's tend to have more 4 year courses with a 'foundation' style year - you don't get many (any?) English uni's where you can join the second year without at least a HND-equiv, as far as I am aware. Regardless, well done for being in the position where its a possibility and good luck (although speaking as a long-term student-for-not-much-longer I'd opt to be a student as long as you possibly can :giggle:)




I think theres a few unis in scotalnd that you need an hnd for second year, but if you have one you can get into 3rd year here. But for the course im doing poeple opt into going into 2nd year even with an HND so they can get on placement in the third year.

Thanks, ive got three years and theen thats me fully qaulified.
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