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 (most of the attendees were British scholars based in Japan). I was feeling much more relaxed with my peers 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 (visualise)’ and ‘practise a hundred times’. I will do the latter, but I’m not sure about the former. 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 keywords for displaying his/her 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!