I’ve just got back from a study day. One of those professional practice things you have to do every year.
Beforehand I asked if I could have; a seat at the front, and copies of the talks. Ideally I would like a speech to text transcriber but that’s expensive and I have no idea how you get funding for that. I should look into it. Back to the plot now. The organisers said they would oblige so, great, off I went.
Sighs. Large room, a banquet hall thing, round tables as for a banquet. This means that the front row was maybe 15 feet from the speakers. The human speakers, not the electronic ones. There were electronic speakers too, but no loop system. Oh yes, and lights behind the speakers too.
First lecture. Very good, clear diction, she had sent copies of the powerpoint with her notes underneath. Mostly excellent. The bits I missed I could read. She didn’t repeat the audience questions but I think I got the gist of it.
Usual noisy coffee situation, head getting pummelled by noise.
Second speaker. Asked by organiser to repeat questions, and by someone at out table. He started out ok, then moved the mike so it was over his mouth. Then he started talking faster. He forgot to repeat the questions, but was reminded to do this by the speakers. He also kept looking at me and asking stuff about whether it was ok. How embarrasing is that? I know he meant well but I don’t want a room full of people looking at me and asking why etc etc. No notes for me.but most of what he said was on the powerpoint, apparently. How would I know, I can’t read the powerpoint and look at his face at the same time.
Third speaker, no notes, useless speaker. A mumbling script reader.
Lunch was crap too.
Still I had good company, thanks D!
Pissed off, headache, ready for a bucket of gin and good company round at some friends tonight!