Just a quick post to express a little bit of irony. Friday night, I posted an entry expressing my real fear of speaking in front of others, namely in situations such as a speech or work presentation. Saturday morning, not quite 12 hours after I published that post on WordPress, I was tooling around YouTube and, after discovering the video that was the subject of my previous post, came across this video from BuzzFeed Violet.
Yeah, you’re tooling around the internet looking at funny animal photos and then suddenly you’re told, “Oh, yeah, we’re gonna have you give a presentation at our next staff meeting.” [cue suspenseful music] It appears that the heroine of this video is going through “the seven stages of having to give a big presentation”:
- Dread (“This is going to be the worst”)
- Moping (“This is going to turn out awful.”)
- Bargaining (“Hey, you wanna do this presentation instead of me?”)
- Acceptance (“No two ways around it, you’ll have to do this thing.”)
- Going ahead and doing it (“Okay, everyone, here’s the presentation…”)
- More dread (“I’m not knocking this out of the park, am I?”)
- Acceptance… from your audience (“Good job.”)
As you can see at the end, our fair heroine made it through her presentation alive… although I imagine she’d be going through these 7 stages all over again the next time she’s asked to do a presentation.
When recalling the times I had to do my own presentations (mainly in school but once or twice in my professional career), I admit I went through each of these stages… well, except for the bargaining stage (for one reason or another, I was never in a position to horse trade with someone else in order to get this monkey off my back). As much as I hated making a presentation, and as much self-loathing I had afterwards, I performed like a trooper.
I can totally relate with the heroine here, as she makes through this alive, even though she probably still has self-doubt afterwards (“Meatballs…”). I love this person so much, I want to marry her… or at least share presentation experiences… or at the very least become roommates with her (maybe we can share a wardrobe *LOL*).