On Wednesday, June 29th I was able to stand before an audience of 38 people. Since the majority were those I knew and felt comfortable with, it wasn't a stressful experience at all. My voice was loud and clear. The audience was in the palm of my hand.
I have become quite at ease with this group, relaying announcements about membership benefits, up-coming events and using the new services on our web site. It helps when you speak about that which you know!
The only snag for this latest occasion was that I had somehow misplaced the printed notes from which I was planning to read. As a lesson re-learned from a previous event, I had even printed it in a large font. It just isn't like me to be unprepared for meetings or presentations.
Winging it, I grabbed a printed copy of my novel, found the passage of intent and read a short, intriguing excerpt to the crowd. The response was very good. You can read about the event and a surprise encounter in the Year of the Rabbit blog.
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