Title: The little risks you can take to increase your luck

Presenter: Tina Seelig



  • I really like how you vary your speaking rate. You speed up with excitement or when rattling off your list and slow down when talking about caution, and you completely pause at appropriate times. This is very effective in story-telling and makes it easy for me to listen to you.
  • I really like the glow in your face when you refer to your students, and I can see your pride and excitement to tell us about them.
  • You have simple and  effective gestures throughout this presentation. Be aware of a couple of things. You don't stop gesturing much, but when you do, I saw you clasp your hands in front of you a few times. It wasn't terribly distracting to me because of the volume of your natural gestures. But recognize that the clasp isn't a natural gesture for people in a conversation, so it risks drawing some attention away from what you're saying at those points. It may feel uncomfortable, but simply putting your arms at your side when you aren't using them is natural looking and not distracting.
  • I also want you to avoid making air quotes when you introduce your riskometer. It's a very trite and cliched gesture. To me, it's a very annoying gesture because people also use it when they want to speak condescendingly about a topic they don't agree with, and you don't want to trigger that type of reaction.


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