I tried to explain that I had previously only drawn crowds of 15-20 people.
Nevertheless, I was told to just have everyone scoot over to where I would be presenting.
So in the banquet room, we all ate breakfast and there was a middle stage area, and two projection screens and I figured that once it was my turn to begin, I would just choose a projector to use and everyone could move over.
As it was time for me to start, I noticed that quite a few people didn't seem to be leaving from their tables.
I figured they were still deciding where they were going.
I picked out a projector and was told that I would be able to use both projectors to which I responded, well once everyone goes to wherever they are going to go, I'll just be over here though. To which someone responded, "They are where they want to go".
And it occurred to me that there were a LOT of people that wanted to hear about different tips and tricks to teach in the target language.
I was floored that there were so many. In my estimation, the room was packed beyond my humblest of expectations.
But I gave the presentation, interacted with the audience a little bit and afterwards a lot of people thanked me for it and seemed to really have enjoyed it and gotten something from it.
It was very encouraging. I think next year, Bess Hayles and I should try to do some actual TPRS presentations/demos that build off of each other to really help people interested.
So thankful to everyone who came, participated, talked to me afterwards and let me know how it was helpful to them!
And here are some pictures I took of the crowd to give you an idea of what I was looking at while I was presenting so you don't think I am being hyperbolic!
It felt like I was giving a keynote or that I was way more important of a person than I am!
|My left side|
|in front of me|
|my right side|
Also you can download my presentation keynote here in pdf form with all of the links to the resources I mentioned.