Saturday, September 11, 2010
I'm fussing with my talk that's coming up on Friday
over the weekend, and I realized I've stumbled across one of those "you know you've crossed a line in your career when.." moments, and it is being able to comfortably give a talk on data you did not generate.
A hefty fraction of the data in this talk is not my own - my boss asked me to give a very broad overview of many activities related to my project, and as such, a lot of the data is preliminary stuff that other people have generated. I know
this project - I'm immersed in it, and I know why we're doing all the things we're doing, and what we're hoping to get out of them, and how (most) of them were done, and all sorts of other arcane details.
This is a big step, I think (not just for me, but for any scientist reaching this point). I know the first few small talks I ever gave were only about my own data, and even then, I was shaky and nervous that someone else was going to stand up and yell "What the hell?! That's not how [your project] works! Are you some kind of moron?" in the middle of my talk. I know that back-then-DGT would be crying and hiding at the prospect of having to answer questions about other people's data. (Ok, maybe not crying and hiding necessarily, but you get my drift.)
Of course, I haven't reached the far end of PLS's x-axis
, so I'm still freaking out a little bit.