Friday, August 31, 2007

I didn't exactly ace my presentation (namely because I'm not a natural presenter) but I sure sounded calm and confident during all of it, even if I did forget that some people in the room hadn't been following what was being presented as closely as others during the past few weeks.

My boss has been trying to get me to be more confident when it comes to public speaking for the past year or so given that he's not sure why I'm so good with people when I'm not being put on the spot, but the moment it turns into a professional situation, I turn into a blushing, nervous wreck even when it's clear I know what I'm talking about. I'm still not quite at the stage where I don't turn red at all (I can feel my face warm up) but at least I don't look as nervous as I feel any more... now, if only I could get to a point where I can remember what it is I said, as my mind's usually a complete blank once I get off the stage, so to speak.

Earlier this year, a friend of mine pleaded with me to get on stage and say something about him at his wedding. I duly obliged after spending three courses of dinner thinking about it, and managed to entertain everyone, even if I did get him into trouble with his wife after I mentioned my friend's thoughtfulness in getting every female in the office a bar of chocolate for Valentine's Day. Again, I didn't quite remember what it is I said, and I'm quite sure I spoke with the speed of a bullet train, but it's always nice to feel like I'm managing to overcome a handicap I shouldn't have given all my experience in recruiting, presenting and being interviewed.

In other news, I still have a headache. And crap, those eyedrops are antibiotic so I have to finish the course gradually, and not stop all at once.

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