Public speaking: fear or unfamiliarity?

A few months ago, I was asked to give a presentation. And not just any presentation, the longest presentation I’ve ever done. I would be talking in front of a group of men, about women. What a great topic? I know tons about women. First, I am woman. Second, I have a daughter… Ok, that’s not all I know, I did quite a bit of research and I was ready. I wasn’t even really that nervous.

Then the day had finally come (today). I was on my way. Or… so I thought. Uh-oh, nausea. What’s that rumbly sound? I’m fine, I just need to down this bagel. Nope! Pull over. Oh no! Ew! Aww… That’s right. I puked. And no, I wasn’t that worked up about a public speaking event. I wasn’t even really that nervous (because I was ready). I think it was because I took my vitamins on an empty stomach, big mistake (it’s happened before). So maybe a little nerves in there too.

Ok, so I’m on my way.

 

I had a two and half hour drive to think about my presentation on the way there. We took a quick tour of the facility so I could meet some key people and take a few notes.

Then it was time. dun-dun-dun.

Everyone told me: Plan on your electronics failing you. So, I did. But luckily, they didn’t. Everything went incredibly smoothly (electronics-wise). It was easy to be open up because my colleague introduced me as “Wonder Woman.” He lightened the mood for me. Then I just went for it.

They laughed. They blushed. They shook their heads in disbelief. And when it was all over, they strategized.

They decided they needed a plan of action for marketing to women and asked my professional opinion, which I’m always more than happy to give (ask Donnie).

I’d done my job. And a pretty good job at that. They were so impressed, the head guy asked me to come back tomorrow and talk to the “big wigs.” My colleague quickly told him we’d talk about coming down another time. Whew! I just got this one out of the way. I’m not quite sure I’m ready for another one tomorrow!

I finally left after several handshakes and hugs (which I don’t do, but I was feeling extra jolly). As I’m driving home, I’m feeling like this

but probably seemed a little more like this.

Either way, it was a good day. I feel like I really accomplished something. I took a step in another direction. And I think that direction was up. 🙂

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