My first time in Sheffield was fun and productive! I stayed at a hotel in the city centre for three days and enjoyed walking around the town. On Thursday, I took the tram, attended a conference at the university and met a couple of Japanese scholars (but most of the attendees were British scholars based in Japan). I was feeling much more relaxed with my colleagues this time and was able to enjoy initiating conversation with neighbours.
A few sessions were related to my area, and I learnt more about an extended field from my studies. My project focuses on a framework for face-to-face health communication, and their projects centre on gerontology and technological invention. There are tons of things to learn from the innovation in interactive technologies, and I was totally fascinated to hear about it.
Since coming back from Sheffield, I have worked on improving my pilot analysis, presentation slides and script, and have been reading all the chapters I have written so far.
My friend gave me some tips on presenting: “Put a lot of pictures on your slides” and “practise a hundred times”.
True. I don’t have many figures, tables and pictures, and personally, I’m not sure about a style whereby the presenter only shows a picture and talks for a couple of minutes; some words or sentences for displaying key points could be helpful. I have one week left until my first conference presentation and I shall try my best.
My achievements in Week 88
- attended the conference and had a lovely time in Sheffield
- added some pilot analysis to my transcripts and shared them with my supervisors
- made presentation slides
Goals for Week 89
- practise my presentation in full before I deliver it on 17th