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Transcript: #Reunited Work Communist Opportunist ( As a guard I was forced to adhere to Communist laws and portray unwavering support, but I personally also believe in a free market where one can advance their position) I lived in East Berlin and I currently live in Germany Immediately after the collapse of the wall, I quickly found my sister Abygail who had found refuge with the owner of a popular theater near the wall. Knowing she was safe and under my protection again was all I needed to wake up from the sluggish state I had been in in East Berlin. Not only were we together, but I was also able to pursue the career I had been dreaming of and get recognition for it: Acting. I mean with a face like mine, how could I not star on televisions across the nation? The end of the Cold War meant a new, albeit tentative, sense of relative safety and represented a step towards a life untouched by war. I was happy to feel a growing sense of unity reemerge in Germany; even though we were thoroughly ravaged by loss and destruction, there seemed to be hope for a brighter future once again Adalbert Schmidt I'm a 24 year old guard who worked on the Berlin Wall watchtowers. I helped regulate who comes in and out of East Germany under command by the Soviet Union. Here's when I found my sister after the wall fell. She was well taken care of by the family owning the Guten Tag Theater in West Berlin and I was ecstatic to see her well. Photos like comment share like comment share By: Emely Peralta 6th pd Life in East Berlin The infamous wall represented a hindrance to new opportunities and modernization in my opinion. For all the propaganda advertising the necessity of the wall to stimulate the economy, it seemed the only thing it blocked was our income because there wasn't much work here. On the east side of the wall I was just another disposable guard because we were "equal" over here, but as I looked over to the other side, I saw a contemporary land brimming with culture and progress. I could be anyone there and I wouldn't be just another fish in a sea but a shark in a pond with individual value. I lived in a barrack during the walls reign and every morning my unit and I would report to our commander, stand on the wall keeping us from our families on the other side, go back to my bunk, and do it again the next day. It was a monotonous yet anxious life; the tedious routine of it all seemed to strip everyone's color, turning our small part of the world grey, all the while I got to wonder helplessly if my little sister was still alive after our separation. I am the only family she has and our livestock became collateral damage during the construction of the wall. However, I could never complain lest my superiors think I harbor traitorous thoughts. I witnessed people trying to cross the wall and most times i could get away with only giving them a warning instead of a bullet to the head like our commanders told us to. I, on the other hand, never tested the wrath of the Soviets by trying to cross knowing firsthand the possible and probable outcomes. @EastTheBeast like comment share Political Stance Lives In Status Update Insights on The Wall

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Transcript: The Bricks that make up my Wall Dismissive "That's not true" Dismissive I was being entirely dismissive of you. I was listening to what you had to say in your original message, but when it came to responding I fully dropped the ball. my response boiled down to no thats not true, that wont happen, or this will happen. No real conversation about hearing you out about your feelings or even adding mine. That was not really a response at all and was just shutting you down for trying to talk to me Not acknowledging your feelings Not even talking about my feelings either Closed Closed I was not being an open partner to you. I was not receiving your words and feelings as you were putting them out and I was not giving you any of mine to take away the conversation with. I was closed off and robotic and made it seem like I was disinterested with talking to you about these important and deep things Was not open to receive you Did not share my feelings Was robotic when you were reaching out Disrespectful Disrespectful Shut you down when you wanted to talk You were right to say I was being disrespectful. First of all repeating this shit is disrespectful of you as a person, but by responding the way I did also disrespects you as my partner. You have the agency and space to be upset and talk to me about serious and real things and by shutting these conversations down I take that away and disrespect you Took away your agencies Ruined any chance of a conversation Wasting Time Wasting Time I not only waste your time by making you repeat yourself during the conversation, but I make you repeat things we have talked about before and I make the conversation last longer and escalate when it doesn't need to. And I waste time with my dumb empty responses Make you repeat your points My responses serve no purpose and waste time Ignoring Importance Ignoring Importance I put false importance on trivial statements I always respond to the wrong things you say. Yes I should always respond to everything you say, but sometimes I respond to the important things more throw away than I do the statements you meant as a throw away. I always ignore listening to what you're giving importance and what you are trying to say just to have a response to something You make it clear what is the main point and I ignore that Sometimes I am more focused on responding than what I am responding to Pick Apart Pick Apart Not responding to everything you say The last point was about when I respond to everything you say, but sometimes I don't even do that. I pick apart your sentence and derive meaning that wasn't there and completely miss your point to make my own. I take your words and mix them into something new and wrong Make my own point to respond to with your words Sometimes I argue I have the right interpretation which is bullshit Not Responding Not Responding Make my own point out of nothing And here is the worst level of the past 2 shitty things. Sometimes I just dont even respond to you at all. Either making my own point entirely seperate from you, or respond to some other thing you said minutes ago. When I say something it should be in response to what you just said and nothing else and I keep making it about other things Respond to something else you said Sometimes I do respond properly, but then go off on some tangent Useless Statements Useless Statements Talk too much to say something simple I spend a lot of time saying nothing. Or I have a point that should take one sentence to make and not 40. Either way a lot of my statements are useless garbage or repeated shit and it just makes conversations even more of a slog than they usually are Meaningless words Makes conversations torture and meaningless Not listening to what is important Ignoring your points Not listening to what is Important I will just straight up ignore what you are saying is important. For example, if you say something deep about how you feel or something I did and then say "you are useless" I then reply to that last thing and only the last thing. I do not even acknowledge the actual importan thing you said at all Reply to things about me a lot more than real things about you Do not even acknowledge you most of the time Repeated conversation Repeated Conversation Making you feel like you are wasting your breath repeating your point I make you repeat your point so many times in one conversation that it's a lost cause by the end. I also make us have the same conversations over my same mistakes. No matter what happens between us if even one conversation has to be repeated I am a lost cause. Even if I am perfect in every other way, I am not saying I am it is an example, you have every right to leave and give upm from a repeated conversation because I promised perfection and no repeating things. That is a reasonable and fair boundary you set and I agreed to promise on Still doing some of the same things i promised absolute perfection How I am going to break it How I am going to break it I

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