Concerning the Address of Audiences

So it turns out that it’s not that I’m bad at public speaking, but rather than I am bad at public speaking when I am being graded by a professor.

I just gave a talk to a group of physics and astronomy grad students on the subject of acoustic black holes. It went over quite well, I dare say. The trick is to amuse them; academic lectures (particularly those involving lengthy mathematical derivations) can be so painfully bland if something isn’t done to spice them up.*

That said, if I had been giving this same talk before a professor it wouldn’t have gone at all well. Of course, given that this presentation contained a lengthy discourse on toilets**, I don’t think I would give this particular talk to a professor…


*There are weekly seminars at my university during the regular school year; I can count the number of interesting ones on the fingers of one hand.

**As well as a slide titled “Perturbation: The Bad Type of ‘-turbation.'”


About thevenerablecorvex

I have the heart of a poet, the brain of a theoretical physicist, and the wingspan of an albatross. I am also notable for my humility.
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