Speaking | Performance
I have developed and presented science demonstrations, stage shows, workshops, talks and planetarium shows throughout my career. Ever since my very first presentations in a mobile planetarium back in 2003. I have presented at international conferences and created live visuals for musicians.
From the ease and delight of a KS2 space presentation to the mental martial art of bringing 140 stroppy teens on side, or the freedom to use more elegant language with educated adults - every audience is different and that's what keeps it interesting. I have led conference panels, sung Twinkle Twinkle with toddlers, addressed dignitaries, managed thousands of on-stage volunteers, and I hope left every member of every audience feeling that they were part of something special.
It's about gaining trust; helping people relax by giving them confidence that you are in control. It's about showing you have respect for each individual in the audience, and layering information so that you can make everyone feel this talk is for them. To introduce the basics so as not to patronise those who are already familiar with the topic, while sprinkling advanced tidbits in a way that doesn't make anyone feel lost or stupid. To keep the main objectives in mind. And above all to demonstrate true passion for the topic, because what is more engaging that someone who has real enthusiasm and is excited to share their passion with you?
It is an enormous priviledge to be able to share ideas and information with people. Imagine how it feels to realise for the very first time that the Sun is a star ... And yet so many presenters rush past this moment. Remember always, there may be somebody who reacts with the incredulous amazement that accompanies a change in their understanding of the whole of reality and their place in the Universe. This is life-changing stuff.