During my time in St. Louis I had the privilege of presenting to two different groups. The first presentation was at a private Jewish middle school where I had giving a similar presentation last year. The kids all seemed interested and a few of them seemed particularly unable to comprehend my students’ dress code. The second presentation was at my mom’s office.
I was amazed by the number of people who showed up. Yes, my mom is a very good promoter, but the people who came were genuinely interested in hearing about my life in Japan. I gave an overview of my school during both presentations, but I focused on different cultural aspects.
I went over a lot of pop culture with the kids. I played some song samples from popular groups and showed a few video clips of popular shows. For the other presentation I gave a more analytical presentation. I had forgotten how nice it can be to speak for an audience that actually understands me. I was able to dust off my academic vocabulary and make my normal sarcastic jokes.
For someone who does not like being the center of attention, I do like being in the role of lecturer. I really enjoy public speaking, something I inherited from both parents. While I get some of that experience teaching in class, it is very different from speaking to a group of English speakers.
I hope that I have a chance to do some form of public speaking in the future. One more clue towards solving whatever I want my next job to be. Thankfully, I still have about a year to figure out that mystery.