So this past Saturday I gave my first ever PowerPoint presentation to my local chapter of RWA.
To say I was nervous would be to do a disservice to the knocking in my knees and the way my heart was shooting extra beats.
I’ve spoken publically before, — hell, I use to teach Nursing to undergrads! – but I haven’t spoken publically in a very long time. In fact, I haven’t done anything publically in a very long time, not since I retired and started writing full time.
I think I was nervous because I didn’t want to screw up, be boring, or deliver a topic that didn’t appeal to the audience. I didn’t eat anything all day because I was terrified I’d hurl!
I’m sitting here to report (1) I did not hurl, (2) I was absolutely starving the minute the presentation ended! (3) my audience laughed, repeatedly and freely in all the appropriate spots (4) there was discussion about the topic – a lot of discussion, so YAY!, and (5) my audience seemed to genuinely like the presentation.
So, again, YAY!!!
Now I just have to get my nerve up again, because I’m giving this presentation again next month to another group.
But I’ll think about that…tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.
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