SANS Murder Board Heart Rate

Wed 16th Nov 16

Last night I did the murder board section of SANS instructor program. For this I had to present two short sections from the class I'm hoping to teach, 542 Web Application Testing, in front of two instructors who played the roles of various types of attendees that might be found in a typical class such as "why am I here, what's the point?", "help I'm confused" and "I know this already, tell me more".

Knowing the high level of expectations SANS put on their instructors I went into this well prepared but still very nervous. To see how nervous I was I decided to wear the heart rate monitor I usually use when running while doing the presentation to see what my body was feeling compared to how I thought I felt. This is the graph that was produced:

My heart rate during the SANS murder board presentation

My resting heart rate is about 64 and it runs between 75 and 80 while sat at my desk working so as you can see, the readings are well above that. The graph pretty much follows how the presentation went, I started the first section with a lot of nerves, calmed down towards the end then the rate shot back up again as I started the second section. This was more technical and I was more comfortable with the topic so that probably explains why the rate then levelled off. The forty minute drop off is when I finished the last slide and we went into the debrief.

I don't know if anyone else will be interested in my little experiment but it helped me take my mind off things a bit and gives me the challenge of working on getting the rate down during future presenting and classes.

Finally, thanks to Eric, Raul and Barbara for putting the session for me and giving me some good feedback, I'm looking forward to doing more work with you soon.