I found some fellow second year students who sat through a practice run of my talk. It only cost me some treats (three pitchers and two baskets of curly fries) when we get together this next Wednesday!
Unfortunately, I did not give my best performance (read: "straight garbalage"). I always find it's difficult giving a presentation the first time because you become responsible for what is coming out of your mouth. But that first time is so necessary; it makes you want to never so poorly again! Also, the faces of my confused comrades is permanently etched in my memory. Once I started talking, their terrified expressions of confusion gave me the best advice that can be given: just don't do any of that next time! I should have played it off as a trick... Happy Halloween!
A lot of my introduction was rushed and I believe that undermined the rest of the content. Further, my video loaded slowly forcing me over my time (never good!). That technical difficulty is brutal and must be mastered.
I got some very legitimate, serious questions (ex: "What the hell?!") and a few kudos (ex: "I'm sure the drinks will be great!"). In all, I feel it will very positively affect my performance come this Tuesday (when I present for the group) and Friday (when I present to strangers who super don't know me!) if I iron out the kinks. It's on my shoulders to make sure it gets better, so I'll double my practice and make sure it makes sense as I sound the words out loud!
I should get back to working on it, diary! I'll tell you how it goes!