Today, I have to talk in front of a group of faculty members where I work. I am not a faculty member. I am a lowly peon with nothing more than a BA in English. These are PhDs in medical fields.

I do not like public speaking.

And to make things worse, I woke up this morning with the first gigantic zit I’ve had since I was about 13 years old. Yes, I am blessed with great skin. So glad that my face chose today to remind me how blessed I usually am.

My boss laughed at me when I suggested I might need a shot before going into the (only 15 minutes why am I freaking out) presentation, but I was serious. Mostly.

I am wearing my confidence shoes, though:

Wish me luck – and if I make it through I will tell you a story about my track workout yesterday, and then you can help me decide if the workout was a WIN or a FAIL.

Off to vomit from nerves now!

Recent Comments

  • Susan
    July 15, 2009 - 10:02 am ·

    Good luck!! I’m a terrible public speaker…I even got a C in the “Speech” unit in high school…and I was a straight A student!

  • Emily
    July 15, 2009 - 11:38 am ·

    You’ll kill it! Next time take benadryl instead of a shot…it’ll calm you right down. I took someone’s advice and did this before an interview once and I almost fell asleep. Probably not a great idea. I have the same issues as you clearly!

  • Danica
    July 15, 2009 - 11:44 am ·

    You already crushed the speech! Way to go, nothing to worry about. Just go up there and own it. I LOVE public speaking ha ha. 🙂

  • Sarah
    July 15, 2009 - 2:25 pm ·

    I loathe public speaking. Two jobs ago – when I took high school kids overseas – part of the job was LOTS of big talks. Given to hundreds of students. My first one started the world’s biggest panic attack that I’ve ever had. I’m talking crying my eyes out, hyperventilating in the office. It was ugly. And a dry summer – so no shots available. If you managed to not cry, you out did me!