Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Ebb and Flow.
I’m trying to look beyond the next grueling 10 days and keep my spirits high. There’s much to be done!
The good news? I realized this afternoon that the workshop I’d been preparing for my trip to Ocala- Altoona-Daytona is for a different trip. I had to pull out my contract to double-check. I don’t have to have this workshop finished up yet, as I’d thought. Yay—I can set this one aside, even though I was 98% happy with it.
The bad news? I was 98% done and happy with it. Wasted hours. However, I’m half-satisfied with one of the three workshops, 90% satisfied with a second, and…oh, 75% satisfied with the third. Still have all day tomorrow to work on them, here and there during the week, and next weekend to smooth things out. I still have two major briefings to deliver at work on Monday, but I know the material well enough that I’ll just wing it. I could have picked some much easier topics that I wouldn’t have had to prepare anything for, but these intrigued me.
I hate when I over-stress myself. Speaking in public has never been an easy thing for me, but I’ve been re- vamping my style a bit, as well as these workshops so that I’m actually talking from, at most, a very skimpy outline and telling my story of how, what, when, where. My biggest problem is with short-term memory and remembering what I said 5 seconds ago. My mind jumps around, and if I forget where I was, I look stupid. At least to my- self, even if I can cover well.
I hate speakers who read their speeches. I don’t do
that in briefings at work and I won’t do it for workshops I teach on my own time. So it’s a struggle, but I’m trying to position myself so that I can simply share my knowledge and experiences rather than worry about the form and whether I’m doing it “right.” My focus is on content, on substance.
I’d rather talk with my hands and be expressive than bore people. My first rule is, keep the audience awake, then you can teach them.
Which is why I’m famous for using a sword as a pointer.