Presentation Phobia

24 Oct

A few months ago, I had signed up for an amateur stand up comedian contest.  I was excited and nervous about it, but I thought if I had enough time to prepare, I’d be fine.  Well, turns out, I was picked to perform the very first night of the contest.  Worse, it was the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, when none of my friends and family would be around to cheer me on.  So what did I do?  I chickened out.

Fast forward to three weeks ago.  A friend told me about Ignite Minneapolis.  It’s an evening when twenty speakers give five-minute presentations on various topics.  The cost to attend the event is ten dollars and you get free beer.  Who wouldn’t love that?

She thought it would be a great opportunity for me to speak about my blog.  So I thought, why not?  I hastily submitted a proposal based on my ability to survive dating disasters and how to try and avoid them in the future.  It was a vague, half-hearted attempt at best.

Today I received an email.  It was from Ignite Minneapolis telling me I had been selected to present.  Ack!!  This can’t be?  How could they pick me?  I’m sure there are far better presentations than mine, right?

I’m thrilled and scared shitless at the same time.  Lucky (or unlucky) for me, I’m very, very familiar with the subject matter so I’ll have no shortage of material to fill five minutes.  However, those five minutes will feel like eternity on stage.

With ample preparation and some liquid encouragement, I’ll be fine.  Hopefully, the audience will be kind and laugh when appropriate and not boo or throw beer bottles at me if I suck.

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