Listened to an older professor explain to students how to think about being on stage when presenting academic papers. Told them to take notes to the podium then walk away from it, to look at the audience while speaking, to never apologize, to think about the audience, ask yourself what they want. Sounding more like things one might tell musical performing students but these were academics who are ostensibly presenting papers on scientific subjects and not trying to sell merch.

In another universe I had the courage to raise my hand and tell him they should practice their presentations at an open stage and ask their friends to come watch and video tape.

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