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MindyO Posted - 07/10/2009 : 3:26:08 PM
Hi everyone. I'm applying for a new position in the training dept. at work and I am on round 3 (final step) of the interview process, which is a 15 minute presentation on the topic of my choice.

Not only does this have me freaking out because I have to be in front of people, while they all stare at me, and I am expected to speak, and be the center of attention. My biggest fear! I loathe being a spectacle. Why do I want to be a trainer? Because I also like to share what I know others, and I love being 'on the inside' and knowing things before other people. AKA I'm nosey.

So my thoughts were a 15 minute presentation on spinning. I have several spindles, and I was thinking I could make a bunch of those toy wheel spindles so everyone can try it. I have some wool I will probably never finish spinning (and not great quality) for them as well.
5 Minutes on the history and uses of spun fiber (all while I'm spinning to keep my hands busy and hopefully keep me calm)
5 minutes on different fibers, and different machines (wheels, spindle types, etc)I have a few different wools, some silk, and some llama fiber that I can show. I also have hand cards to show prep
5 minutes basic beginer spinning

So my question to you all is, what info would you find interesting enough for someone to present? I don't want to bore them to death.

What resouces do you find useful for good information?

Any recommendations for sprucing up the topic for those that will be completely uninterested?

And finally am I just insane for even thinking of this?

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Jaknit Posted - 07/21/2009 : 11:14:48 AM
Congratulations, Mindy, on your appointment. Hope your creative juices keep your career exciting and interesting. It is so gratifying to impart your knowledge to others.

Jan
jennybensmom Posted - 07/21/2009 : 08:54:32 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!

Barbara
mertle Posted - 07/20/2009 : 02:23:22 AM
How exciting, Mindy! New job, new desk, new digs! Just from reading you on here, I bet you're going to be a really great trainer.

A little touch of nervousness is actually to be desired by all "performers." It can give you just the right "edge" to keep your feet on the ground and give a good presentation. Overconfidence can topple you. You're a smart cookie, and I'm confident you will find the right balance for you. You go, girl!

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MindyO Posted - 07/19/2009 : 10:34:07 PM
Thanks everyone! I start tomorrow, I get to set up my new desk! I will have an "office" of sorts. It's just a much larger cubical with taller walls.

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arlinem Posted - 07/18/2009 : 09:35:49 AM
Congratulations on your new endeavor! I'm sure you'll excell!
Owl Posted - 07/17/2009 : 2:22:04 PM
That's wonderful!

And now you know how to do those presentations.
LJ Posted - 07/17/2009 : 08:12:58 AM
Congratulations!!!!


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Mocha Posted - 07/17/2009 : 07:58:09 AM
Mindy, congratulations on your job. Now that you are going to be a trainer, relax and get used to doing presentation. It is a real useful skill. Happy for you!
sjanova Posted - 07/17/2009 : 07:45:00 AM
Wow. Congratulations!!

sja
Kade1301 Posted - 07/17/2009 : 04:31:05 AM
Congratulations again! Klara

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MindyO Posted - 07/16/2009 : 9:28:50 PM
I GOT IT!!!!!!!
And thank you all for all the helpful advice and input

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LJ Posted - 07/16/2009 : 06:12:52 AM
Well done!

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jaymeKnits Posted - 07/16/2009 : 04:51:59 AM
Personally I don't think 15 minutes is enough for a good presentation and teaching them to spin. I'd have a hand out with a bit of wool, bring your extra spindles(including 2 or 3 toy wheel ones you could give away) and offer to teach after wards if they are interested. In the presentation you could have them hand spin a few inches and then ply it back on itself or something.

I also wouldn't start off spinning. I'd start with history to modern, then talk about methods and materials and start to spin during that section. And definitely bring your PPT presentation on CD and Flash drive, and email it to yourself just in case.

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Wen Posted - 07/16/2009 : 02:53:51 AM
Well done Mindy, sounds like you took all the advice or just knew what you were doing anyway.

Fingers crossed for you.

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Kade1301 Posted - 07/16/2009 : 02:42:56 AM
Congratulations on a job well done! And contrary to Kelley I found that I got over the nervousness - so you can still hope it'll get better with time!

Bye, Klara

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MindyO Posted - 07/15/2009 : 11:04:03 PM
Well presented yesterday, boy oh boy was I scared! And it kind of sucks when the first thing out of their mouths was so, are you nervous? HA! Of course.
I don't even know why I am applying for a position in front of people when it makes me so nervous. I just know I like to help. But I think it went well, after my voice stopped shaking lol! the first 5 minutes I was a shaky internal mess. But by the end I had calmed down and we were all playing with fluff! I think they actually found it interesting, especially when I mentioned spinster used to be a job, before it was used for old and unmarried! They all went OHHH!!!
I found it interesting that a drop spindle really hasn't changed since 9500 BC! That's a long time...
Then I got to help out for an hour in the training room with the new people and that went much better.
I asked the woman who would be my direct supervisor, and one of the 3 in the room (while we were walking down the hall after) to be honest, how did I do? She said I did well, obviously researched my topic and knew a lot of information, and did a good job relaying it. And I didn't even use my note card, I completely forgot it was in my bag. So fingers crossed.
I did find out one of the other applicants is a girl who has been turned down again and again for higher positions so I think my chance got a little bit better.

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Kade1301 Posted - 07/14/2009 : 04:55:21 AM
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Originally posted by MindyO

So my hope is to take spinning, which lets be honest, is only fun if you're into it.



Allow me to disagree! Most of the people I've met are completely fascinated because they either never even thought about how a thread is made, or they have always wondered but had nobody to ask. If you keep it general and down to basics (with the absolute minimum of technical terms - I wouldn't go into Bradford count and microns and protein and cellulose fibre but stick to thin/thick and animal/vegetable) the jury should be fascinated! (As I've said, I ended the presentation of my "spinning on the farm" tourism project with a half-minute spinning demonstration and one of the jurors took down my address for future reference. This year she sent me a student... That's what I call success! Well, I also passed the exam.)

By the way, fell free to have a look at my web site http://www.lahottee.info/E_SpinningIntro.php and take whatever you find useful.

Good luck! Klara

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kdcrowley Posted - 07/13/2009 : 10:33:35 PM
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Originally posted by MindyO

Ok I found out a little more when I went to work today. I will not have a computer with projector so no PP is needed. In fact I can't use it if I had prepared it.
The girl who interviewed for the last open spot a few months ago actually ppresented a history of knitting with beginner cast on and knit. And she got the job.

So my hope is to take spinning, which lets be honest, is only fun if you're into it. From a boring topic into something that actually grabs their attention, talk about different fibers that can be spun since I didn't know all the things you could do before I started. And then let them play with different fibers pointing out the differences, and if anyone cares to try I will have spindles and wool. I guess all they (3 people) want to see is how well I do in front of a group talking and presenting.

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Well then, carry on!

I did something similar at DS's school....it seems that more than anything, taking fiber for people to play with and keep was good. making the connection between the fiber in hand and clothes being worn is good, and you might consider spinning sticks? Just take a couple of coat hangers and cut wire lengths about 6-8 inches long and then bend a hook in one end. Then break people into groups and have everyone try with a partner and then stop them and hav ethem change roles....which demonstrates the ability to have people interact with each other as well as lecture etc. You can get people to make yarn with spinning sticks inside 15, spindles? Maybe not so much.

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MindyO Posted - 07/13/2009 : 10:14:11 PM
Ok I found out a little more when I went to work today. I will not have a computer with projector so no PP is needed. In fact I can't use it if I had prepared it.
The girl who interviewed for the last open spot a few months ago actually ppresented a history of knitting with beginner cast on and knit. And she got the job.

So my hope is to take spinning, which lets be honest, is only fun if you're into it. From a boring topic into something that actually grabs their attention, talk about different fibers that can be spun since I didn't know all the things you could do before I started. And then let them play with different fibers pointing out the differences, and if anyone cares to try I will have spindles and wool. I guess all they (3 people) want to see is how well I do in front of a group talking and presenting.

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kbshee Posted - 07/13/2009 : 6:09:46 PM
I am in agreement with Kelley, that you should use this to show your training/communications skills, but can you connect training to teaching spinning? Like a metaphor?


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