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12 December 2007 @ 09:30 pm
I'm terrified of public speaking!  
Sounds pretty silly for someone who does what I do for a living, don't you think? :P Well, BIG boss was supposed to do a HUGE banker training for the island of Kauai tomorrow evening and... he's feeling under the weather so he's sending me instead! :P It's a 30 minute speech on Retirement Life Cycle Planning and there with me will be the department heads of the other divisions of the bank who will each be speaking as well... talk about intimidating!!

To add to things, I just received BIG boss' script and I'm not comfortable at all speaking his words! It's going to be a disaster tomorrow - I just know it. I fear public speaking to begin with, but add to that trying to say someone else's words and having a room full of VERY intimidating audience members and it's almost ridiculous how much I DON'T want to do this.

Because the training is so late in the evening, and there are no flights back home that late, I'm going to have to stay overnight in Kauai and fly back early the next morning to make it in to the office in time for my morning meeting on Friday... More fun! :P

I know I shouldn't be complaining at all because I have a wonderful job and I love the people I work with, but public speaking is REALLY not my thing - REALLY and I will do it, because I have to and I will try my best, but as I told BIG boss, that's all I can promise him. :P

He tried several times to give me the "silver lining" speech ("It's a great opportunity for you and a great learning experience...") but I refuse to see it as a positive... ;) I just hope I make it through the day without a) fainting, b) puking, or c) making a fool out of myself. Sadly, I think at least one of these is inevitable. :P

I'm off to pack my overnight bag... *sigh*
Current Mood: pessimisticpessimistic
Daniel the California Highway Guy: soapboxcahwyguy on December 13th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
First, take a deep breath. You'll do great.

Second, ask your big boss if you can modify the script -- not the facts, but the presentation -- so it sounds like you. Otherwise, the presentation will come across as false, and both of you will look bad. I'm sure you're comfortable with the facts in the speech (if there are factual errors, point them out to him, because the audience surely will), so you just need to adapt it to your style.

Third, after any speech modifications, practice practice practice in your hotel room so you're comfortable saying it. Think of it as a performance (in fact, asking your actor friends for advice here might not be a bad idea -- acting and public speaking have a lot in common).

Making such speeches is something you'll have to do more and more. You can't hide from it. I've had to go on and open conferences; I've presented papers; I've taught courses. All the same skill. It gets easier, and the more you practice and remember that the folks in the audience are friendly, you'll be just fine.

Have fun, and good luck.
lindasings on December 14th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
Right on and "Amen" to all of that!! You know your stuff; you should be allowed to convey it in your own words. Just be sure you've made good notes so you don't omit any of your boss's points. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 15th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Linda!! I updated on what ended up happening, but thank you so much for your encouraging comments and your advice! I appreciate it!! Big HUGS!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 15th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Daniel!! This helped me out A LOT the other day! I did update on what eventually ended up happening, but I wanted to thank you for all your advice and words of encouragement!! :)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on December 13th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
I don't even have any words of comfort. UGH. Poor you!!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 15th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!
Sabine: Micki Kaisergartensabine10 on December 13th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
You will be in my thoughts. Good luck! And big hugs to you, Sheri.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 15th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Sabine!! HUGS!!!
Marymirroredimage on December 13th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
I shall think of you!!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 15th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!
ajayne on December 13th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
I am right with you there... I hate public speaking, especially if it's someone else's words. But, you'll do wonderfully!! *hugs*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 15th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!! I ended up updating on what happened, but it was so nice of everyone to send along good wishes - I really appreciated it and it helped me so much!!
UnderWorldFayunderworldfairy on December 13th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
oh i feel for you really! i HATE speaking in public.. i even failed a class in high school because i wouldn't do it lol...
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 15th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
I HATE public speaking - it's such a fear of mine! I can't believe I made it through a year at my job and didn't have to do a major speech of some sort before this! Thanks so much for your comment!!
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on December 13th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
You can do it. You have panache, and once you're launched into your segment, you'll handle it better than you expect. Most people are afraid of public speaking, but it's really just like a lot of one-on-one conversations being held simultaneously! If I were you though, I'd look into editing his words a bit ahead of time so I was more comfortable, or just do that on the fly as you go through it. But then, I do public speaking all the time and I know what style is comfortable for me.

Whatever you do though, remember that if there were someone else available who could do a better job, they'd be doing it! You're the best person your company can field for the training, so your effort will be the best that anyone can do!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 15th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this comment!! It really helped me out a lot the other day and calmed me down quite a bit. :) I know you already know what happened, but I was so thankful for wonderful supportive comments like this that made me feel better about it. :) Big HUGS!
karmastyxkarmastyx on December 13th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
Best wishes with your day. HUGS! Miss ya!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 15th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Laura!! I miss you too!
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Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 15th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Sue!! And it's a good thing I didn't pass out!! :) HUGS!!