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  Charles, a presentation is just that - you "present" an idea.  It's an 
introduction.  No one becomes knowledgeable about a subject from it's 
introduction.  It's the appetizer that tantalizes the palate in 
preparation of the main course.  Try follow-up now, where you could 
teach a beginning course.

Bill





On 9/27/2010 6:30 AM, Charles Butler wrote:
> The conference was only a day and a half long, Friday night and all 
> day Saturday.  The topics were informative, but sometimes misleading 
> by title.
>
> If I had made a connection to the net, the group would have seen how 
> many of their questions were answered and what strides have been made. 
>  It was very frustrating over all as I was getting no feedback other 
> than from KJ and the members of the conference administration, and 
> their comments were polite but non-committal, so I left feeling very 
> much in the dark.
>
> Charles
>
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* MARIA GALEA <[log in to unmask]>
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Sent:* Mon, September 27, 2010 6:25:26 AM
> *Subject:* Re: SignWorkshop OASLTA
>
> Hi Charles,
> Well done for your presentation. You've done your part: It's just a tiny
> seed you plant - so yes, you would feel very very small - but then as
> Erika pointed out you never know how it will grow..
> maria
>
>
> Don't worry Charles
> >
> > I used to be one of the skeptics until Belgium's Kathleen & Sara
> > discreetly introduced me to SW.
> >
> > The rest is history.
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
> >
> > On 26 Sep 2010, at 20:45, "Valerie Sutton" <[log in to unmask] 
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> >
> >> SignWriting List
> >> September 26, 2010
> >>
> >> Hello Charles!
> >>
> >> First of all, a big hug from me, and a big THANK YOU for being so brave
> >> to present at any conference - It takes courage to present in front 
> of a
> >> skeptical audience (if that was what they were...they may not have
> >> been)...
> >>
> >> I am sure you did an excellent job and please do not be hard on
> >> yourself...
> >>
> >> All presentations help SignWriting, no matter what the reaction, 
> because
> >> people become interested later. Even if they express some doubts right
> >> now, it is because it is the first time they have heard of it and 
> we all
> >> are skeptical about new ideas - but then later, they hear about it a
> >> second time from someone else, and they remember the discussions with
> >> you the first time they heard about it, and they decide to look into it
> >> because now their interest has been stimulated a second time -
> >>
> >> So you have really helped SignWriting no matter what -
> >>
> >> Thank you for telling us about the presentation so quickly after it
> >> happened -
> >>
> >> And Kelly Jo was there? Wow - that is so great!
> >>
> >> So is there more time at the conference now? It will give you a chance
> >> to talk to some of the people with questions - don't worry, Charles,
> >> this was a real blessing -
> >>
> >> Val ;-)
> >>
> >> -----
> >>
> >>
> >> On Sep 26, 2010, at 5:33 PM, Charles Butler wrote:
> >>
> >>> Well, I presented the workshop but I felt that I fell on my face for
> >>> the following reasons:
> >>>
> >>> 1) Too much information, too little time.
> >>> 2) Lack of vocabulary, all of the attendees were interpreters AND
> >>> teachers of the deaf, and my vocabulary was inadequate to the task.  I
> >>> should have asked for help from KJ or another interpreter at the
> >>> beginning.
> >>> 3) I got positive responses from a couple of people, but the most
> >>> common one was "how many people IN OHIO are using this system", "why
> >>> should MY students have to learn anything else?"  Half of them maybe
> >>> "got it" but the others just kept with questions.
> >>> 4) I should have simply linked to the website and gone from there as
> >>> the website is informative, answers most of the common questions, 
> and I
> >>> could have had a Deaf Advocate actually talking to the group.
> >>>
> >>> Lessons learned, but I feel very small and inadequate right now.
> >>>
> >>> Charles Butler
> >>>
> >>>
> >>
> >
> >
>