The Lamp, the official publication of the FEU Institute of Nursing, invited us to give a talk on writing to its editorial staff. We’ve given many talks, some of them quite eventful (People bursting into tears), some underscoring the fact of our irrelevance (“What do you have against tweeting that we went to a Mini Stop and had a Coke?”), some laugh riots (Teachers are an easy audience, esp if the speaker is the child of a teacher). The worst talks are the ones where you feel like you’re blabbering in a vacuum and everyone is having an out-of-body-experience from sheer boredom. We never want to be part of those again.
So before accepting the invitation we requested that we be made to talk for 5-10 minutes, and then answer questions from the audience. That way we’d be certain that at least one person at a time was interested in the topic under discussion. This turned out to be an excellent format.
Thank you to the alumni and staff of The Lamp for the invitation. We enjoyed the talk so much we’ve decided to give more talks to students—provided we follow the 10-minute speech followed by 1 or 2 hours of questions format. Here are some of the things we talked about.
If you’d like to invite us to give a talk at your school, please contact Michael Jimenez, firstname.lastname@example.org.