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I had never spoken at a conference when I saw the call for papers for the inaugural National Tree Officers Conference, but I was working on a tree canopy cover and planning policy at the time, and I thought that this topic would be of real interest to Tree Officers around the country.
I was nervous about the prospects of standing up and speaking in front of such a large group as I’ve not got much experience of public speaking, and the memory of standing in front of my class at school and giving a speech on the destruction of the rain forests has stalked me for years. It needn’t have. For that speech, I hardly prepared and barely practiced. This time, however, I spoke to friends and colleagues, I searched around on the internet for advice, and by 2016, I had gained a lot more life experience than I had at school.
I prepared a lot for the conference! I made sure that my presentation followed a good structure, that I focussed on the key headlines, and that I practiced talking about the slides. By splitting my presentations into sections with sub headings and pictures, rather than writing a script, I immediately knew what I wanted to say when I saw each slide. Preparing like this meant that I did not feel as nervous as I might have done otherwise. The adrenalin was still there but as soon as I got up and started speaking, the preparation took over and drowned out the butterflies and my pounding heartbeat.
If I can stand up and speak in front of a room packed with people then I genuinely think anyone can do so with enough preparation. If I get to do it again, I will definitely dedicate time to practice before, and I will also try to be aware of how much information I’m trying to convey in the time available and so avoid cramming things in.
I am really pleased that I took on the challenge of presenting at last year’s conference. Not only did it help rid me of the presenting demons from my past and give my confidence a boost, but it was also really great to share my thinking about tree canopy cover planning policy, which I genuinely feel is a really important topic, with the industry and my peers.
A UK wide Tree Officer survey has been launched by the Arboricultural Association.
To participate in the survey please use the link below:
After the success of the bats training courses last year the LTOA has set up another basic training course about bats and woodland run by Sue Morgan of Anglian Ecology and the David Mitchell of the Woodgate Partnership in North London on Friday 31 March 2017. We have a few places left on this training course.
The CPD training will take place in a local pub near Cherry Tree Wood, East Finchley from 9am to 4pm for £135 excluding VAT per person on 31 March 2017 including lunch and refreshments. The nearest tube station is East Finchley on the Northern Line and the pub is right near the station.
You will receive a certificate of attendance signed by the trainers describing the level of knowledge attained on the course.
About the trainers
David Mitchell Dip. Arb. RFS, F. Arbor. A. (rtd) of Woodgate Partnership has 25 years experience in local authority arboriculture and practical woodland management. He also holds a Natural England Licence for bats. Woodgate Partnership offers educational courses, at its own eight ha County Wildlife Site woodland and beyond, integrating care and understanding of protected species with tree and woodland management.
Sue Morgan CEcol, MCIEEM is a Chartered ecologist with over 18 years experience in the field. She holds Natural England Licences for surveying several protected species, including bats and newts. Sue runs Anglian Ecology, her own ecological consultancy based in East Anglia. Clients include The National Trust, Natural England and the Church of England as well as many private organisations and individuals. Sue is a full member of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management and a past Convenor for its East of England section.