Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Ebb and Flow.
Iâ€™m trying to look beyond the next grueling 10 days and keep my spirits high. Thereâ€™s much to be done!
The good Â news? Â I Â realized Â this Â afternoon Â that Â the workshop Â Iâ€™dÂ Â been Â preparing Â for Â my Â trip Â to Â Ocala- Altoona-Daytona is for a different trip. I had to pull out my contract to double-check. Â I donâ€™t Â have Â to have this workshop finished up yet, as Iâ€™d thought. Yayâ€”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. Â However, Â Iâ€™m half-satisfied Â with one of the Â threeÂ Â workshops,Â Â 90%Â Â satisfiedÂ Â with Â a Â second, and…oh, 75% satisfied Â with the third. Still Â have Â all day tomorrow Â 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 Â the Â material Â well Â enough Â that Â Iâ€™llÂ just Â wing Â it.Â I could have picked some much easier topics that I wouldnâ€™t have had to prepare anything for, but these Â intrigued me.
I hate when I over-stress myself. Speaking in public has never been Â an easy thing for me, but Iâ€™ve been re- vamping my style a bit, as well as these workshops so that Iâ€™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 Â 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 Â who read their speeches. Â I donâ€™t do
that in briefings at work and I wonâ€™t do it for workshops I teach on my own time. So itâ€™s a struggle, but Iâ€™m trying to position myself so that I can simply share my knowledge and experiences Â rather than worry Â about the form and whether Iâ€™m doing it â€œright.â€ My focus is on content, on substance.
Iâ€™d rather talk with my hands and be expressive Â than bore people. Â My first rule is, keep the audience awake, then you can teach them.
Which is Â why Â Iâ€™m Â famous Â for Â using Â a Â sword Â as Â a pointer.