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    This is a pretty late topic but I'm planning to go to a public debate at the Royal Geographic Society tonight for the first time, and alone. I'm quite nervous as I'm not sure what to expect with seating arrangements, talking to new people etc, do you think it's best if I was to just watch it online live streamed? I do want the whole experience though, but like I said I'm so damn scared !
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    (Original post by koolkarazy)
    This is a pretty late topic but I'm planning to go to a public debate at the Royal Geographic Society tonight for the first time, and alone. I'm quite nervous as I'm not sure what to expect with seating arrangements, talking to new people etc, do you think it's best if I was to just watch it online live streamed? I do want the whole experience though, but like I said I'm so damn scared !
    You can watch it live streamed but it's not really the same thing - you will definitely get more out of it by attending in person. Plenty of people go alone to events like this and if you don't particularly want to talk to people then that's also fine. At least in my experience, whilst people do network in these kinds of events, it's not exactly a party and I don't think I've ever been approached by someone else anyway so keeping to yourself is absolutely fine if that's what you want. I don't know what the seating arrangements will be like because I've never been to the RGS but at basically every other similar event I've attended, there's no set seating so you just go wherever you want. It might be scary the first time you go but you'll quickly realise that there's nothing to be worried about and then you'll be more willing to go to similar events in the future.
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    Go for it. You don't have to talk to anyone if you don't want to. But walk tall and smile. Enjoy it for what it is. When I first graduated and had no friends in my new town, I used to go to the cinema a lot by myself. It got to the point that when I ended up going with others, I didn't enjoy it as much. Call it the ultimate in self-indulgence.

    Enjoy!
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    You can watch it live streamed but it's not really the same thing - you will definitely get more out of it by attending in person. Plenty of people go alone to events like this and if you don't particularly want to talk to people then that's also fine. At least in my experience, whilst people do network in these kinds of events, it's not exactly a party and I don't think I've ever been approached by someone else anyway so keeping to yourself is absolutely fine if that's what you want. I don't know what the seating arrangements will be like because I've never been to the RGS but at basically every other similar event I've attended, there's no set seating so you just go wherever you want. It might be scary the first time you go but you'll quickly realise that there's nothing to be worried about and then you'll be more willing to go to similar events in the future.
    I just came back from the debate a couple of hours ago, and I could definitely say it was a good experience. I got to sit wherever and decided to sit on the second row (very close to the front). With the whole talking to people, I got approached by the servers who were involved in project schemes and I learnt a lot at their stalls they specialised in before the debate started. It was scary at first, but in the end I'm glad I went and I'm most certainly willing to go to more RGS lectures, conferences and events in the future so thank you for the encouragement!!
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    (Original post by koolkarazy)
    I just came back from the debate a couple of hours ago, and I could definitely say it was a good experience. I got to sit wherever and decided to sit on the second row (very close to the front). With the whole talking to people, I got approached by the servers who were involved in project schemes and I learnt a lot at their stalls they specialised in before the debate started. It was scary at first, but in the end I'm glad I went and I'm most certainly willing to go to more RGS lectures, conferences and events in the future so thank you for the encouragement!!
    Glad you went and enjoyed it!
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    Go for it. You don't have to talk to anyone if you don't want to. But walk tall and smile. Enjoy it for what it is. When I first graduated and had no friends in my new town, I used to go to the cinema a lot by myself. It got to the point that when I ended up going with others, I didn't enjoy it as much. Call it the ultimate in self-indulgence.

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    It was challenging not having someone to talk to whilst waiting for the debate to start, but in the end it was all good. The debate was on climate change in the UK, a very interesting topic where we got to vote in the end between four best speakers presenting their policies. I can say with confidence it was the ultimate in self-indulgence
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    (Original post by koolkarazy)
    It was challenging not having someone to talk to whilst waiting for the debate to start, but in the end it was all good. The debate was on climate change in the UK, a very interesting topic where we got to vote in the end between four best speakers presenting their policies. I can say with confidence it was the ultimate in self-indulgence
    Oooh.... if I was still in London I'd have gone!
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    Oooh.... if I was still in London I'd have gone!
    Where are you staying at the moment?
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    (Original post by koolkarazy)
    Where are you staying at the moment?
    Oxford. To be fair, there are plenty of lectures on climate change here too (I went to one by Lord Stern recently) although they always seem to clash with other commitments
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    Oxford. To be fair, there are plenty of lectures on climate change here too (I went to one by Lord Stern recently) although they always seem to clash with other commitments
    You went to one by Nicholas Stern ?! :O That's awesome. Annoying how other commitments get in the way but hopefully there'll be a day or few where you'll get to prioritise any climate change lectures. Even coming back to London soon too!
 
 
 
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