I’m preparing for a presentation on Dissociation and Chinese medicine for the student research symposium at the AAAOM conference in Baltimore next month. It will be my first act of public speaking on research, mental health, or Chinese medicine. For that matter, it’s the first public speaking I’ve done in a decade at least.
There’s something slightly nerve-wracking about preparing for a public speaking event, particularly with absolutely no idea about the size and demographic of the audience. Will there be practitioners, researchers, or just a small handful of other student researchers?
Beyond that I’m wrangling with the question of how much I want to share my own direct knowing on the subject.
On another note, is it appropriate to invite audience members who might themselves be dissociating to come back into their bodies for the duration of the presentation?