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Rehearsal, critics, and presence

April 3 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

When we rehearse, either in preparation of an important scientific presentation or for a play, we have to leave our pride at home. Most critics are advices to get the best out of us. At our play rehearsal, a few fellow actors or actresses seem to have a tough time accepting that. But for me, I am used to critics and comments on my presentations/proposals/papers. I just realized that during the PhD, we also learn to accept and make the best out of the criticisms. By rehearsing, we hope to reach the state of mastery of the presentation/play such that the audience feels that you are present. This presence is the most important aim of a play and also of a presentation. If the presenter/actor “looses” the attention of the audience, nothing can save the rest of the presentation/show.

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