My heart was racing, my hands trembled, my knees were shaking and my stomach grumbled.
How could I possibly get ready to present in 30 minutes with all this nervous energy running through my veins?
I don't know exactly what was causing the nervousness in me, I knew my topic deeply and I had created and practiced the presentation. Honestly, it was just the fear of talking to a BIG audience that scared me. As I walked to the stage to present, my heart moved faster and faster. In any minute it was going to pop out. I had my notes in my hands just because I needed a little more confidence, it was more of a psychological thing. I knew exactly what I had to say. I knew my topics and struggles because I experienced it. I will not lie, our topic is extremely challenging and I have to admit that I didn't have a complete dominance over every aspect of it. However, considering our time constrains, I was proud of everything I managed to understand.
Many people think that presenting in pair is much easier, but it made me even more scared. I was afraid to mess up and confuse Gisella, I was scared to mess up the changing of slides for her and I was scared that I might start rushing. Anyhow I was starting so I had to keep my nerves down and confidence up. I begun the presentation by telling the story of Muhammed Yunus, after I finished saying my part and it shifted towards Gisella I felt a huge relief. Without using the papers I was able to manage presenting and I was changing the slides at the right time, therefore, I had nothing to worry. My nerves begun to die.
As the presentation progressed my tone shifted from scared to excited and all the knowledge begun to flow naturally out of me. Why? Because I had lived every single moment, struggle and interview of this project. Additionally what allowed us to have a good delivery and power over our topic was the fact that our slides were EXTREMELY organized. The images were purposeful and the ideas of every slide builded up. Having the stories in one slide and then the learning out come on another allowed us to have a balance between anecdotes and reflections throughout.
After I said the last powerful line to conclude our presentation my body could finally breathe. I did it! The pride and satisfaction I felt after sharing such bumpy journey and interesting topic with the audience was incomparable. We managed to synthesize such complicated topic into 30 minutes. BEAUTIFUL WORK.
Even though I was happy with our presentation there some things that I would do differently. I need to learn how to breathe and relax before a presentation, when the presenter is not confidence it goes through the voice. As I was nervous my pacing in the beginning was TERRIBLE. I was speaking too fast and probably the audience were confused or weren't able to fully grasp everything I was saying. Additionally something that contributed to my fast speaking was the fact that I had too much energy due to the coffee I had drank in the morning. Also because I was so stressed thinking of everything that could go wrong instead on focusing completely on what I had to say I was repeating some stuff. Finally if I would of fully concentrated and spoken slower I would of probably have shared more things with my audience in a concise way.
I will not lie, creating this documentary has been very hard and it took us more time than what we thought. It wasn't as simple as going through every stage once
We were constantly coming back to the research and synthesizing stage as we discovered new information while interviewing and new perspectives arrouse. While filming and editing the video we realized that there wasn't one answer because giving one answer meant biased. There is no one correct answer for
HOW EFFECTIVE IS MICROCREDIT LENDING
There are several perspectives and arguments that can be made about this topic and none are 100% right. When we did the script for the third time we were always finding new supporting information, but we also found other things that backfired our evidence. We were STRESSED. Once again we though we had to repeat the script, however, we then realized that we had to create our own conclusion based on what we learned and our experience. This didn't meant that OUR conclusion was the final answer or thought, NO. Instead it was the opposite, we decided to understand and review all the information and evidence we collected and to formulate our own conclusion. However, this might change in the future as new things happen in the microcredit sector in Peru and further research is released. For us it was important to evaluate all the perspectives we faced and make our own point about how effective is microcredit lending in Peru.
Through out the POL we also explain some permanent skills we've acquired through this project that can be applied in the future. For example it is important to be skeptical instead of believing everything you are told. Also we have learned how to film properly and have a clean audio using the microphones or yeti. Furthermore I've finally surpassed my iMovie stage and now progressed to Final Cut Pro which is much better. It's easy to use and the things you can do are very cool, it's almost like you have no limits. Additionally I have learned to listen to others and accept that my ideas are not always the ones that should be applied. Sometimes you need to know when your ideas should be implemented and when others ideas should be used instead, it's been hard but a very important tool to have. Finally I have learned how to be critical with sources and understand that not everyone will tell me everything how it is but how they want me to see it, so it's important to identify bias and unbiased.
"A BOOK FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF BASIC ECONOMICS WITH LITTLE PAIN AND MUCH PLEASURE"
After a long journey with NAKED ECONOMICS we have arrived to an
E N D. This week we read the last two chapters of the book and we concluded with two amazing discussions. I remember the first day we were assigned the book, aside from feeling smart like every teenager holding a new book, I promised to myself I was going to read it. Typical me, starts a book but never actually finishes it. When I first grabbed the book I had no idea I was going to fall completely in love with it. I took it everywhere, it became my best friend and best companion. I would read it during my knee therapy, in the car every morning and even during my free time. I actually FINISHED it, from start to end.
Last semester, when we had to choose our three IB classes I was so sad I wasn't going to be able to take economics. My mom and dad both love it and everyone doing the IB have struggled but loved it as well. However, reading this book was no different to taking an economics class. We STRUGGLED, LEARNED and ENJOYED it as a class.
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We read the book slowly and as we progressed we learn little by little about economics. Literally, when we started I had no idea of any economic concepts or vocabulary. Nonetheless, through the book we learned all the terminology and basic economic concepts and during the dissuasions we were able to synthesis the most important things read in the chapter and then ask questions. Also, for all of those people who think that economics can't be explained without graphs this book will prove you wrong, it explains the most important concepts without lines or curves. This book has made some of the most scary topics very friendly. Charles Wheelan makes economics fun and interesting through stories, statistics and reflection. He has mastered the economics world by "teaching the most innocent readers how to think like economists".
DRAWINGS for CHAPTER 12
📷 S P E C I A L I Z A T I O N 📷
📱💻 TECHNOLOGY 📱💻 REPLACING
LOW SKILLED WORKERS
🏂SKILLS🏄 = VALUABLE → INVEST IN
💰MONEY💰 = POWER
The past two weeks have been INTENSE. I haven't been able to balance out my life as I wanted to. This week my goal was to sleep early everyday but since I had so much to do it was impossible to balance out my school work, my personal life and sleep. As I followed my schedule there were two or three thing I left out, since I couldn't complete them, so I could sleep early.
GET READY FOR OUR UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY! COMING SOON JUNE 2, 2014
HAVE YOU EVER ANALYZED THE COST AND BENEFITS OF SLEEPING TOO LITTLE?
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After a long weekened of TECHO and a stressful week of work I realize that I haven't been sleeping enough. Not only has my body been asking me to rest but my mental state has not been good, today I was stressed, sad and frustrated. Even though we had three days off last week I had no time for myself nor my family or friends. I had been too busy doing school work, I was waking up early and sleeping too late. I thought that the more time I worked, the more stuff I was going to get done. However, today I learned that this is NOT the case.
PRODUCTIVITY = LESS TIME WORKING
"The more you work, the less effective and productive you are going to become over both short and long term."
-Science Work Hard, Work Smart
I had never worried about getting a good rest or making sleeping my priority. However, it is a must, your body won't perform good and this will affect you. The reason why I couldn't focus as much during the days off was because of sleeping derivation which causes loss of concentration. I LOST TIME. This is why I was less productive, as I stayed more time up I was making myself even less efficient. There is a study that shows that sometimes even drunk people perform better that those who lack sleep.
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
Really sleep is EVERYTHING. How can you be a successful at work if your body and mind doesn't work properly or effectively. This is why I will challenge myself for the next month to sleep tight for at least 8 hours. The trick to productivity is not a VENTI coffee at Starbucks but a good night rest. Finally the best way to feel unstressed and have enough sleep is by keeping a plan that will allow you to keep organized. Even though I keep one and it's already part of my routine I need to improve it so that I maintain myself healthy.