Caroline & Winnie

Caroline's feedback
I'm sorry that I couldn't finish the wine part well because of lacking of time. I think it was bad that we didn't practice before; because I was still having my midterms and had no time to do that. For the information about wine and beer, I think that we putted too much unnecessary details, which led to the failure. Plus, we were too nervous and we didn't well organize our presentation. We should have discussed more and controlled our time well. For the powerpoint, I did use too much effect on my part, which made the classmates find hard to read. I'll pay attention to this next time. Sorry that I couldn't bring you guys enough informations about French wine.

Winnie's feedback
I feel terribly sorry for Caroline and all of you that I took too much time on presenting my part- beer. From your comments, I reviewed our failure again. At the beginning, I took a lot of time searching for something fun and practical about beer. So when I was making the powerpoint, I just put as much information as I could to show that I've done much research. But actually I didn't organize it well and may have put too much or too detailed information. In addition, we should have discussed more to make our presentation better. And we didn't rehearse before we went on stage and therefore looked both very nervous on stage. This was really a huge mistake. As for the powerpoint, we should have crossed out some too detailed points and made it concise. We both have learned something from the mistakes. Sorry again for letting you down. And thanks for all of your comments.

The followings are comments from the classmates & me. To present their comments precisely, I do not change any of their wordings. Please take the comments positively. J

Read the comments carefully. Some comments are contradictory; you should think about those comments more carefully to figure out the reasons. After reading the comments, write down your feedback to the audience.

In terms of ways of delivery:
1. Don’t lean the arms on the task.
2. Don’t be panic.
3. Maybe you can practice more, and then you won’t be so nervous.
4. Not fluent enough.
5. Use so many “uh…” while presenting.
6. Could be more confident and less nervous.
7. Presenters look at the screen too often.
8. It’s not good to present with moving mouse.
9. Be cautious of time control!
10. Should control your time well.

In terms of visual aids:
11. You can drop some ideas. You have too many now.
12. It would be better if the presenters exclude some details of this topic to make it more concise.
13. PPT words can’t be seen clearly.
14. Too many words on PPT and the content is unclear on the screen.
15. PPT has too many pages.
16. PPT doesn’t have good contrast.
17. If there is minor mistake on the PPT, do not mention it.

In terms of the content:
18. You have a lot of information, but I think you need to be more well-organized.
19. The introduction of beer history is too lengthy.
20. Focus too much on details. Didn’t make good connection with culture.
21. It seemed that there are many things on PPT but you just skipped them. If you don’t suppose to explain them, maybe it would be better to just cancel them on the PPT.

I. Definition of “Culture”
- In ancient times, people took advantage of their living environment to survive and formed their own habits; over a long period of time, these habits became their own culture.
II. Topic
- Drinking cultures among different countries: France, Germany and Taiwan.
a. Rationale
- Drinks differ from place to place. Since France, Germany and Taiwan are located in different climatic zones, they have different drinking habits.

b. Preview
- Drinking is the way for people to satisfy their thirst; nevertheless, besides water, people also drink other beverages. For example, France is famous for wine, Germany for beer, and Taiwan for tea. But how do they form these drinking habits? Here, we would like to introduce their drinking history, and focus on how drinks influence their life.
c. Significance
- As people add spices to make food taste better, they also choose some specific beverages to match certain foods. However, we can’t see beverages only as drinks; we also need to know them from cultural aspect.