Title: Why art thrives at Burning Man

Presenter: Nora Atkinson



  • It's very easy for me to listen to you. I could hear an admiration in your voice for the topic, and it made me eager to hear more.
  • You seemed very comfortable speaking to the group. I didn't see any distracting, nervous habits.
  • Your gestures were simple and unobtrusive, but your arms also looked awkward to me. Most of the time, you have your elbows bent and your arms held up unnaturally. I encourage you to learn to feel comfortable just holding your arms down at your sides when you aren't gesturing. It feels strange, but it looks perfectly natural.
  • You generally managed humor well. Only once did I see you get caught by surprise and lose your composure and chuckle, too. 
  • I felt that you had wonderful timing that wove your descriptions among the images and film clips. You use your pauses well!


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