It is that time of the year. Here are some things kids do, and you will recognise them in grown-up presentations as well:

  • "Press play", rattle down the lines to show that you can memorise things. You speak slower, softer when your memory needs to work harder. Eyes up to locate that next phrase.
  • Blank stare. You can't see the audience because of the stage lights, so you are not really looking at them.
  • No connection to the substance. You simply say the words without feeling their meaning.
  • "Bye". The moment you spoke the last word, you turn around and walk off stage

Art: The Country School, Winslow Homer, 1871