Everyone Remembers Their First Time
Being invited to speak at the AVMA's annual convention as a 4th year veterinary student was truly an honor, and granted me an experience I shall not soon forget.
I was excited (and somewhat relieved) to see that people had in fact stuck around for my talk - even if it was at at 5pm on Monday, the last day of the convention. I set up my presentation on the computer, received an introduction from our moderator, and it was show time. What happened next was a blur.
By the end of the talk, the dynamic of the room had transformed from a lecture to a discussion. People not only asked me questions but also started providing insights towards other people's questions. They began volunteering their own thoughts, ideas, and personal experiences.
I was also happy to see that the majority of attendees stayed almost half an hour my talk had ended to keep the discussion going. It wasn't until the McCormick place staff started locking up the rooms adjacent to ours that we finally wrapped things up. Several of the attendees approached me afterwards so we could exchange information and stay in touch - I consider this gesture to be the most sincere type of compliment.
About an hour later on the shuttle ride back to my hotel, I came to a realization. I realized how incredibly lucky I am to be able to help my colleagues simply by talking to them about something I already know and love. I decided I would share my information with as many people as possible and in any way I could, whether it be in person at convention and consultations or through the web through via email or on myVETcetera.com
Take a look at the Prezi presentation I used at the convention. Some of the 'slides' may not make full sense without narration but you should get an idea of what the talk was about. Please direct any questions to Chatterjee@DVM.com