|Meeting old friends - 'Moszkva Ter, az óra alatt'|
As always making a decision as to which parallel sessions to attend was impossible for me. I had tried to decide ahead, even before I got to Hungary, but once I started talking and listening to people, looking at posters and relating some presentations to others, that initial plan went out of the window.
On Tuesday I was very disappointed that I felt unable to man my poster for the lunch-break ‘walking the poster street’. It was a decision that I made so as not to disturb the session, and so other presenters could have an audience. The plenary lectures on the second day had begun very late as the organisers had waited for the hall to fill up first thing in the morning. This caused a huge delay for the parallel session that was later held in this main room. The delay was also exacerbated by several minor technical hitches (that were a bane of the whole Congress and added on the minutes). I had felt unwilling to leave this session where I was listening to a series of presentations on art, theatre and sport because gradually the room had emptied for lunch and with no fault of their own the later presenters could have been left with no listeners. My posters both spoke for themselves and had my website contact details on them for any viewers to contact me later, so I listened till the end.
My colleague, Éva Bugya made her poster (No. 42), about pastimes, with our school children in our art sessions and as their homework. We have decided that any future poster-making for congresses will only be done together with the children or adult clients. This shared activity results in a very lively posters and also brings the clients in contact with what it is we are doing during the days that their sessions are cancelled. They realise that there is more to our work than the weekly sessions that they attend and they realise how important they themselves are to the world of Conductive Education and to the dissemination of conductive information. I first became fully aware of the importance of this with the first book that I published that featured Little Princess and Jolly Professor.
Poster creation is team work
Having learnt from this year’s positive experiences, in the future my colleague and I aim to pass more of the responsibility for the creation of congress posters to our clients thus bringing the learning of life skills such as writing, artistic design, computer use, language use and many other areas into practice. I hope that for the 2020 conference I will be encouraging clients to submit posters of their own and to even think about presenting in one of the parallel sessions as Franziska Walz did in 2013 with conductor Eszter Torma.
Taking part in my first-ever podium session on the day of the Opening Ceremony in the Vigádo was amazing. I actually enjoyed it! I had been very worried about it for months, but I prepared well and had amazing support from all on the stage beside me and from the audience in front of me. If asked I think that I would do it again, depending on the subject of course.