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  After the trip to Tianjin and the wild fluctuations of the markets throughout the world in the early part of the week, it is becoming quite obvious that we will live with uncertainty for quite some time.
 In addition to uncertainties, this week has been quite full of activities for me, leaving little time to reflect.
I gave three different seminars three days in a row in the latter half of the week. 

  For these seminars, as almost in the same way as that for the sessions at Tianjin and elsewhere, I spent quite a bit of time reviewing the profile of participants, exploring their expectations and trying to identify as much as possible the expected output. So we usually spend considerable time, discussing the issues, expectations, and how we proceed. I also prepare slides, sometimes video and copies of the articles and papers I have written recently so that we can distribute them to the participants.
 
As I gave three different seminars with different topics to different groups three days in a row, I ended up spending quite a bit of time for preparation. For each one, I also prepare the rough time allocation plan; so that we can cover everything we plan in advance. Even with preparation, however, things do not go in the way I expect. I wanted to do some exercise and/or mini-cases, but no time. I was also a bit disappointed as there were so few questions. So there are still many things I could try to engage the audience and make the session (even short) more interactive. (Quite a few things to learn from the Work Space sessions)   

   In addition to the sessions at the conference such as Work Space, I find concerts and shows in performing arts very helpful for this purpose. They have common factors with seminars and lectures. We are given a few hours, we have an audience physically there and we can feel whether the audience is engaged or not. It is real, there and then. This is one of the excitement of giving seminars and lectures. It is in a way “performance”.  

   Partially with this purpose in the back of my mind, I went to see the solo concert of the veteran singer on Friday and also went to see the show on Saturday. Both of them gave me several ideas as to how to engage the audience, how to maintain high energy and excitement level and how to end with a Bang. Many people get involved to prepare, whether it is one-day concert with a singer and the band or the musical show with few dozens of artists and the band with a run over a few months. Many plans are tried and refined to make it just right. Even with so much preparation, once the show starts, it has to go on. It is this “here and now” feeling that excites me so much.  

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  1. Oh well, performing arts is just very interesting for me.”,-

  2. i like performing arts because it enhances my creativity and inner talent~-~

    • yishikura
    • September 23rd, 2010

    Dear Ayden and Sam, this is Yoko Ishikura. Thanks for your comments. Performing arts is just incredible to me.

  3. my sister is a performing arts student, i used to laugh at her when she do some mime and crazy dancing stuffs,:*

    • yishikura
    • November 3rd, 2010

    Nice to have a sister like that, I think. Thanks for your comment.

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    • Yoko Ishikura
    • November 21st, 2011

    Dear Yuonne, BG, and Sage, thanks so much for your comments! I did not realize it has taken me two months to respond. My apologies. I do appreciate your comments and interest very much.

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    • yishikura
    • November 27th, 2011

    Hi, Water damage, thanks for your comment. I have been running a blog for 3-4 years, I believe.

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