The night of my school alumni awards evening draws near. I’m to present prizes to Key Stage 3 students and then give a talk on being an ‘old girl’ and my career since.
Already gave the deputy head-teacher an opt-out by suggesting he must be able to find a high achieving ex-pupil who would be much more of an inspiration to the current crop. Just hope he hasn’t found my school record buried in the archives to see that no, I wasn’t being modest.
I decided to ask my son (who regularly gives presentations in senior schools) for advice.
He gave me a series of DON’TS:
- Don’t squeeze into a pair of too tight jeans
- Don’t fidget whilst waiting to speak
- Don’t trip over when walking to the lectern
- Don’t bore them to death by rambling and above all
- Don’t try to be funny.
Other than that apparently, I have to try to look like a normal person and ‘wing’ it.
What could possibly go wrong ???