Presentation reflection 1

I had to take an agenda item to the weekly team meeting in my third week of working at PIGG PLC.  I had to talk about the project that I am on (creating a new database for the management information system).  I had done a presentation before and then I relied on my acting skills.  Despite the acting, I spent quite a bit of time preparing it in the way that I have seen others make similar presentations.

The presentation at the last team meeting, given by my colleague, went well – she used Power Point and I decided to use it. I decided that a good presentation comes from good planning and having all the figures that anyone might request so I spent a long time in the preparation and I went in feeling confident.

However, I became nervous when I realised they were all waiting for me to speak and my nerves made my voice wobble.  I did not know how to stop it.  Early on, I noticed that people seemed not to understand what I was saying despite the Power Point.  Using Power Point meant that people received my presentation both through what I was saying and what I had prepared on the slides.  In a way that meant they got it twice but I noticed that Mrs Shaw (my boss) repeated bits of what I had said several times and once or twice answered questions for me.  This made me feel uncomfortable.  I felt it was quite patronising and I was upset.  Later my colleagues said that she always does it.  I was disappointed that my presentation did not seem to have gone well.

I thought about the presentation for several days and then talked with Mrs Shaw about the presentation (there was no-one else).  She gave me a list of points for improvement next time.  They included:
- putting less on Power Point;
- talking more slowly;
- calming myself down in some way.

I also have to write down the figures in a different way so that they can be understood better.  She suggested that I should do a presentation to several of the team sometime next week so that I can improve my performance.

Choose, by selecting the hyperlinked word, which of Hatton and Smith's (1995) criteria best fits this piece of reflective writing?

  1. Descriptive: - no discussion beyond description with no evidence of reflection
  2. Descriptive reflective: - description of events with some evidence of deeper consideration in relatively descriptive language.  No real evidence of alternative viewpoints.
  3. Dialogic reflection: - There is a 'stepping back' from the events and actions which leads to different levels of discussion.  A sense of 'mulling over' events is shown.  Evaluation of judgements and a consideration of possible alternatives for explaining and hypothesising about them is shown.  The reflection is analytical or integrative, linking factors and perspectives.
  4. Critical Reflection: - aware that actions and events may be 'located' within and explicable by multiple perspectives, but are located in and influenced by multiple socio-political contexts.

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