First Presentation

Dr. Storm, CRNA

My first course is about physics—Basic Physics for Nurse Anesthesia. I have been teaching a physics lecture when we have been giving our Storm Anesthesia course around the country, and the topic is one of my favorites. I love physics. I hope some of my excitement will come across in my presentations. It is very different from talking to a computer and create a meaningful presentation than teaching to a live audience. Very different.
Narrating a presentation is fun, although more work than what most expect. To get the narration just right, without any mistakes, takes several takes. At least for a person like me! I use a screen capture software, Camtasia, which I find very intuitive and easy to use.

I bought this software several years ago when I received a great offer from Sumo. I have never really played around with it until now, but this is the bomb for recording. It is common to make small mistakes when narrating a presentation, and in PowerPoint, you have to repeat the slide you are narrating and, if not making another mistake, the slide is good to go. The trouble is, at least it is for me, I often make several small mistakes, even during my redo. Thus, I find myself doing the same slide several times over. A bit frustrating and time-consuming. Using Camtasia, all I do is make a small pause after the mistake, then pick up from the beginning of the sentence, and then I can easily edit out the error afterward. Nobody can tell. It is that slick. I love Camtasia.

I also bought a wireless USB microphone headset. I think this is so much easier than my usual microphone on a stand. The sound is excellent, and I can move around when I narrate the slides. I think this makes for better slide sound. I feel I can be more engaged when I talk. Often narrations appear flat and a bit boring. Especially if the speaker is reading from a script. Most recommend doing so since there will be less doubt of what to say and when. It is easy to suddenly realize that you planned to say something specific and then forget the narration point. Then you circle back to the previous topic on the slide to add the comment. This circling back becomes confusing for the viewer. With a script, there is none of that. The trick, though, is to make sure the sound does not become dull and flat—a wireless microphone to the rescue.

I also initiated the application for a preapproval from AANA today. Wow, what a pain. I am glad I did not start doing this at the last minute. Well, it has to be done, so no excuses.

OK, time for pizza. More some other time soon.