Just recently I was selected to be an APD trainer (Apple Professional Development). An APD Trainer is basically an independant contractor for Apple that give trainings to educators about how to use Apple products in the classroom. To be selected for this I was invited to a training weekend in Bangelore, where I was asked to present on a variety of Apple software and how to use it sucsessfully in the classroom.
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I remember being very nervous for this and I tried to plan out everything that I was supposed to know and how I was going to present it. I’m pretty confident in my Apple skills; but it was still nerve racking not knowing exactly what I would be ask to present on. When I got to the training I was very happy that I prepared a bit and knew the software. Some of the other attendees were not so prepared but definitely not as bad as Micheal Bay during the Samsung press conference. I’m glad I didn’t go first because I was able to learn from some of their mistakes. I myself made a huge mistake and didn’t download the new iMovie app update, so my presentation was on the app iMovie app while everyone in my audience was looking at the new version. I’m glad the trainers didn’t dock me points for this.
Some valuable lessons I learned from this experience were:
- Always be overprepared
- Never say that this is your first time using the software, if you are presenting on how to use the software to others
- Make sure everything works in your presentation before presenting (things such as movies or apps)
- Make sure to preview your presentation on a projector
- Try to troubleshoot tech/Internet problems before your presentation if possible
- Make sure your software is up-to-date
I found this cute video on YouTube about speaking with confidence. I think this would be great to show students. I think public speaking is something that all students should learn in school. It’s a skill that most people will need in their proffesional careers and in my opinion it is not focused on enough in most schools.
So now that I have been selected, I’m experiencing some anxiety again. In the near future I will be expected to give Apple presentations to schools around India. This is going to require a lot of preparation again. I am glad I got to read about presentation zen this week because what I learned will really help me in this APD endevor.