A few months ago I was invited by the guru of Emergency Medicine edumucation – Mel Herbert MD – to present at Essentials of Emergency Medicine 2011 in San Francisco.
However the initial warm glow of honour at being an invited to speak has now been replaced with the blind panic of actually deciding what to speak about…
In light of the fact that I write a blog, and am preparing three talks on social media in medical education, I felt it pertinent that I should share some of this journey with you – well the mildly interesting bits anyway!
I am currently fluctuating between stages 5, 6 and 7 of the lecture preparation process…
The 11 phases of
grief presentation preparation
- Acquiescence – blind acceptance of speaking invitation
- Denial – after all, 3 months…seems a very long time
- Ignorance – blissful and protracted, there is always tomorrow
- Realisation – 10 days…seems an awfully short amount of time
- Conceptualisation – defining what to write about
- Conversion – analog to digital metamorphosis
- Visualisation – cerebral rehearsal
- Presentation – there is no tomorrow
- Evaluation – next time I will do things differently!
Hopefully the labile fluctuations will subside and I will be able to present some form of coherent description of stages 7 and 8 later in the week!
As long as I don’t get too distracted with my new toy from FreelandStudios – the awesome iRetrofone that is!