I know this may sound crazy, but I get butterflies and sweaty palms every time I have to speak in public in any capacity. It probably seems like I would be a natural and it would be a breeze, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I can do a camera, even a video camera, all day, but put me in a room full of people…judging me…I freak out. I think it’s moreso that I read into the expressions on people’s faces and when I see even the least bit of disapproval, I completely lose confidence and want to curl up in a ball.
The other day, I had a great opportunity to do a presentation in front of a room of my peers. I knew the material like the back of my hand, but I didn’t get a ton of time to practice and so I was afraid of making a mistake. It turned out better than I thought, although there were points I wanted to mention that I completely forgot. During the presentation I found myself drifting off and losing focus. Apparently, no one else noticed because no one said anything. My pals said I did a great job. Times like these it feels good to be lied to. LOL