Dammit. I had to make an oral presentation today and I totally screwed it up. Deeply, kindly but firmly. I have to say that I hate speaking in public in front of my colleagues. That uneasy feeling started a few years ago at university and never left me – that’s why I always try to skip presentations, exposés or the like. I never went to the practice exams (be it for my degree or my professional exam) because of that and should never have proposed to do it today. Some things will just never change.

Yet, I did it. And messed it up beautifully with a full load of blanks and awkward examples. My audience was giggling at my way of presenting things, the tutor was just burying herself into her chair and she would have fallen the edge had I continued past the leathal 20 minutes of ordeal I had to went through. My outline was shaky to say the least and I had no idea what I was going to say next, leading to silences and an uneasy feeling I was patching things up instead of delivering a constructed speech.

As a result, I got nailed and have to redo the whole thing and mail it to the tutor so that she can have a look at it before the real exam. I feel sick already.

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    Hey guys,

    I’m okay now, I’ll just consider it a one-time screw-up. I’ll be back in business in no time. Funny that it happens in front of colleagues but would never happen in a real situation of communication.

    Julia, I’m keeping track of what you’ve just said. Justification. You’re damn right honey.

    Note to self : shit happens. Get over it.

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    That’s why i’m doing communication. To be sure of myself and speak louder than the fuckers in front of me, professionally enraged!
    I did it this morning and it worked. The big thing: « JUSTIFY what you say and it’s ok ». I told them bullshit but the justification was right, thats the key and they gave me the best note!

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    Man I jusit feel so sorry for you …..
    What can I say ???
    You were not totally shitty but that’s the impression you gave to us…;-)
    nevertheless you should not feel too depressed. It’s a pity you can’t make it this weeek end. A couple of beers would have eased the pain and anger. I shall have a drink (or more ) on you !!
    Keep it up Matt
    Cheers

    BTW/ I’m posting this using my new Netgear woohoo

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