Presenting is a huge fear for many and it is no different for me. I have been presenting at SQL Saturdays, Code Camps, User Groups and internal developer training sessions for the past few years. But for some reason, the initial knots in my stomach cause nearly all of the blood in my body to rush to the tip of my increasingly balding head. L And the bald head thing I can deal with just fine. It is the stress that I put on myself that causes this blood rush! Like everything else, I try to make it perfect and that perfection that I’m seeking causes all of this stress.
At any rate, the point of this blog is actually to point out one method that I use to make the best of my time while driving (or flying). Since I travel quite a bit to work for clients, I try to maximize travel time by not only getting from location A to destination B, but I also verbally practice how I’m going to present. I go through my slide deck and think about what I want to say. If I mess up, I try again…and again…and again… Sometimes I get it nearly perfect (or at least I think so). However, since I fear being in front of others so much, who knows how it will actually come out. J
None-the-less, I am going to keep on trying to better myself and my presentation skills all during my out of town commutes. Use this tip if you want, but if you are driving, please be careful. Do NOT lose focus on the primary objective of getting to your destination safe and sound!
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Brian K. McDonald, MCDBA, MCSD
Business Intelligence Consultant – Pragmatic Works