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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

It's Official ...

I hate public speaking. I really do. I don't feel I'm very good at it, even after the Toastmaster courses I took (well, maybe I should have finished them, to be fair ...)

I write far better than I speak. Perhaps that's because I live in my own head most of the time, not really talking to anyone but myself. Or maybe that I can go back and edit my writing, but not my spoken words.

I had to lecture tonight for about 2 hours. Needed a PowerPoint presentation to even half-way face it. Brought in some food too - props were definitely needed. I pace when I speak too - a horrible habit - and the room was set up funny, so I kept stumbling over equipment, furniture etc. Nice.

I had a very nice, kind audience though (and this is a shout out to any of the ladies who were there tonight if you're reading this - thanks.) I really think people understand the whole public speaking-fear thing. They say it's a more common fear than death. So that says something, no?

Like I never want to do it again.

Sigh. I feel another 'suck it up, princess' moment looming near. More anon.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

August sucks ...

There's really just nothing else to say - this month has not been a good one, for various reasons. Roll on September, when I will be spending half of the month in Spain. Away, blissfully and completely away.