It doesn’t matter how well prepared I am to do a presentation, I can not believe how I am still affected by stage fright. All my years of running a business where I would give directives to subordinates, delivering the annual budget to the board and talking to a large audience you would think I would be OK talking to my computer. A couple nights ago our class had a rehearsal to practice our presentations on Blackboard Collaboration. I was prepared with my iPhone clock set to my time limit, my iPad as a backup with my written speech and my computer set to be moderator for my talk. When my professor gave me the go ahead, I began to talk. I had 28 frames to work my way through and everything looked great until my phone rang at the 9th frame. It was my assistant from work who decided to call me about a matter he could have dealt with on his own. At that moment my stage fright kicked in and I found myself lost in what my talk was about. I had to silent my phone and found my self distracted from everything that I was doing. Maybe it’s attention deficit but everything I worked on went out of my head. I went blank! My speech stammered and I could not find myself getting back to my project. It was so bad, I finished 5 minutes too early.
I want to share a TED talk I heard the other day and found it helpful to me. I gave me some great ideas about telling your story. My presentation is about telling a story. This was a great find.