Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Collages

Yesterday (February 23), in class, my Marketing Research students presented their homework that they did over the weekend – collages. For our purpose, a collage is a qualitative research tool where the respondent assembles pictures that represent his or her thoughts and feelings about something – in this case, a given brand (e.g. Apple, Facebook, Red Bull, and Vespa, amongst others). From the 4 photos here, we can see that the focus is on visual portrayals, interpretations, and other expressive descriptions. If I have to select the best two of the lot, I would pick Facebook and Vespa.



Meanwhile, today, the HICT Toastmasters Club had their February meeting, and thirteen people came, including 4 speechmakers. Mathew said this was a sad number, but to me, it is still good because whatever the number, it reflects the commitment of those who did come. And I finally did my speech in my own home turf, i.e. speech No. 6 which is to demonstrate vocal variety. Again, because of this MQA accreditation work that I am absorbed in, I did not even plan, nor even think about my speech that I must make this evening. This meant that I had to think on my feet, and in the end, I made a speech that was more akin to doing a longer-version of a table topic – but of course, it must make sense and all tie in together into one coherent message. As my evaluator, Chan Weng May rightly put it, it was a speech that was very spontaneous. Let me try to recall what other things she said about my speech: Oh yes, that the speech was well-paced, with sufficient pauses to keep the audience’s interest intact, that my voice was loud and clear, and that I was oozing with polished confidence. She also made good suggestions on how I could improve. Still let me put this across very plainly: I don’t like my speech. I am not sure if it was interesting or not but it was 9 minutes and 40 seconds long – way past the allotted time! Evidently, I am capable of being long-winded, talky, and verbose.

On a separate note, I am grateful to Mathew for putting this meeting together at very short notice, and despite the multiple roles some of us have to play, we acquitted ourselves well.

2 comments:

stephy said...

so its you who asked them to put up the durex presentation on the walls of bistro larh sir!

XD

Glam said...

Hehehehe... I thought it'll be nice to feature their works(i.e. collages)in the bistro - y'know like the concept of a cafe that exhibits art pieces like paintings and sculptures. I was trying to introduce some "culture" into the bistro!