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How to be Eeevil [Oct. 10th, 2007|03:14 pm]
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So, we had a lecture from Joe K. You know, I really don't mind the guy now that I'm not on any course examined by him.

At any rate, he was talking (recursively) about how to give an effective talk. He mentioned a few things, like "Give them one big point to remember"... it seems my big point is "An enthusiastic speaker can make an average speech good and a good speech great".

Shortly after, I found that to be the case, and only now am I feeling slightly bad for this...

Basically, at the end of the talk, one other student came up to me to talk about how we both had the same idea for our Natural Computing project, and how our lecturer recommended we liaise so we don't duplicate each other's work. So, I explained how I was approaching what I wanted to do, and asked what he wanted to do. Unfortunately, he was drawing a bit of a blank. Now, I also happen to be extremely protective of what I considered to be my work (my stake was in the ground). Eventually, after hashing ideas out and if we wanted to split it (I wasn't going to say "No, find your own"), I decided to share some ideas that I'd already had, but had written off (that course gets me very excited about all kinds of work). I managed to talk about one so enthusiastically that he got infected with the idea, and is now taking that.

End result, I have a project to myself that I really want to do, and he has a project that he didn't think of but really likes the idea of.

It all goes to show the power of enthusiasm or lack of (I wasn't talking too enthusiastically about my own one and using technical terms and jargon - strangely it was subconscious, but I know those things turn people off).

Like I said, I feel slightly guilty for getting my own way on this.

[User Picture]From: ebel
2007-10-10 08:04 pm (UTC)
OT, but I saw Joe K at Ani diFranco last night
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From: ryangannon
2007-10-11 07:46 am (UTC)
I don't think I have J. Kinery next semester. So I won't have to wake-up every night hoping he died in the night.
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