Correct. The presentation was on the topic of 'Staying Connected', more specifically, outlining the intricacies and unfathomable growth of online communities. My experience blogging (with Carepages) fit in perfectly as a current example of how an online forum can have a real-life impact. In my brief, ten-minute presentation, I outlined my motivation for starting a blog, the challenges I faced in determining content, and of course the obvious advantages. (No, not because you get to talk about yourself! Because you learn how much people really love you!)
So all I had to do was present on a familiar and straightforward topic, right?
I had to present about a very personal and trying experience in front of hundreds of people. Close to 350 registered for the presentation - and countless more streamed it online!
Fortunately, we were well-prepared. A dress rehearsal was scheduled with 15 of our building's staff, and my boyfriend, officemate and friends were a willing trial audience. When I got up in front of hundreds of strange faces, I trusted in the conviction of my story and my abilities, and delivered a successful presentation (at least that's what my colleague in the audience said).
Public speaking is terrifying - no matter how much you like talking about yourself. But the pride of knowing you faced and conquered your fear, and possibly impacted someone else's life while doing it, is unbeatable.
I would do it again in a second. But for now, I'm sticking to presenting the story I know off-by-heart: my own.