My Life Lesson for Today

the ghost's picture

I did a presentation at work today and I struggled so much. I went crazy red and my voice kept making mad noises.

I got home and kept going on about it to my girlfriend. Until she pointed out, the world does not revolve around me, and nobody else was still thinking about it, to let it go.

It was a fairly basic point, but I have never felt so much better about something so easily. So I figured I'd share my life lesson for the day with you folks (though y'all may have already had this realisation), in which case I am glad to have caught up. Oh that and prepare well for speaking to people for an hour!

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anarchist's picture

I speak to people for well over an hour daily.

I don't have much problem with it. Presentations shouldn't be different from regular conversation, anyway. Public speaking is no different to me than speaking to people normally, anyway. It's only people, nothing to be afraid of.

Perhaps We Should Leave's picture

Because...

Obviously if it's no trouble for you, anyone can do it! Screw 'social anxiety', people should totally just tough it out.

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“HATE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'VE COME TO HATE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE." - AM

anarchist's picture

I wasn't trying to criticize anyone.

I just don't understand why someone who feels comfortable talking to people would suddenly get anxious while doing it in a slightly different situation. It seems like they're distorting it in their minds.

jeff's picture

Err...

When I've tried stand up comedy, it has little bearing on my ability to talk to people not being on stage telling jokes.

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"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

anarchist's picture

That's because it's a different thing.

You don't normally do stand-up style humor when talking to people, so that's irrelevant.

jeff's picture

If you say so...

Having done both, I'd say giving business presentations to co-workers can be just as artificial a construct as doing stand-up. They have more in common to one another than to speaking to people in a normal social context.

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"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

anarchist's picture

But coworkers are people you're very familiar with.

I just can't picture someone chatting with friends then suddenly getting terrified as soon as they start talking about something that's been planned.

jeff's picture

Well...

The original post says it was "at work," which doesn't necessarily mean it was presented to the same people ghost interacts with on a daily basis. I've worked at eBay, Symantec, Macromedia, etc., all with thousands of employees each. So, I would often give presentations to complete strangers on a regular basis. Even though they were technically just "my co-workers."

If you're talking about the 8 people in your department, you'd most likely not be giving them a formal presentation, so I think you've created a false situation here.

Plus, it did say it was an hour of a formal presentation, which, again, is not normal conversational speech, since the slides dictate what you say next, and in what order, or else the next bullet and next slide won't flow with the conversation.

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"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

Perhaps We Should Leave's picture

Well they do

So just accept that not everyone is like you and ride that high horse on to another subject.

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“HATE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'VE COME TO HATE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE." - AM

anarchist's picture

You're still under the assumption that I'm criticising people.

I'm not.