I had a bit of a shock today. I received a call from my boss notifying my that at an upcoming conference I would be expected to do a full day of training for fellow employees. Let me be clear. I'm expected to stand up in front of numerous people and talk to them. For an entire day.
I don't know if I've ever mentioned this before but I'm an introvert. Extremely introverted in fact. I have a really difficult time with large groups of people. I don't even like parties. To put it bluntly, this news terrified me. When I get nervous and have to speak in front of people my speech tends to speed up. To somewhere around the speed of light. To make matters even worse I'm a fainter. Seriously. My first job out of college I was very stressed about what would be expected of me. I could barely sleep or eat and when I got to the office the air conditioning had quit. A couple hours into the day my new boss came to check up on me. I stood up to greet him and tell him how the work was progressing and instead collapsed in a heap at his feet.
So after receiving this panic inducing call I decided to take myself for a long long lunch hour walk. I was walking along lost in my own world when I looked up and saw a very pretty dog sitting in someone's driveway. He was so still I wasn't sure he was alive at first. A statue perhaps but then an ear twitched and suddenly I forgot all about that conference.
|What a pretty dog sitting in that driveway!|
|I wonder who left him outside?|
|That's no dog!|
Perhaps I'll insert a couple photos of this guy into my index cards when I'm doing the lecture. Remind me to breath a little and forget about my stress level.
p.s. in all seriousness, I know some of my readers are teachers and spend their days in front of a class. Are there any tips you would recommend to someone who is doing a training session for the first time?