“Call for Proposals” received. Call answered, proposal developed (per conference theme & focus areas) and submitted for consideration. Wait to receive submission status…
Fast-forward to day of presentation. Counting down the hours till time-slot. Stomach tied up in knots. These thoughts racing and jumbling through my mind – Why did I sign up for this? What was I thinking? Why do you do this to yourself? I am not going to do this again!!! Yikes! Sigh!
These thoughts are blessedly FLEETING though! 🙂 The driver/motivation behind sending in a proposal has to do with:
- Sharing experiences which would in turn, provide content that can provide Lessons Learned that attendees/audience can incorporate into their own Tool-kits.
- Providing affirmation or validation (via content of presentation) of attendees/audience’s own techniques and practices.
Content for my presentations are derived from professional and personal experiences (work, home, life, education) of the past 16 years. I am apprehensive about the reception of my presentations because:
- Fear/Worry that content might not resonate/be relate-able with audience.
- Presenting especially to other Quality Practitioners is daunting!!! This audience knows/lives the content – if it isn’t spot on not acceptable, every effort must be made by me to make my contributions meaningful, of value and on the day deliver an interactive, fun and engaging presentation!
So on to the next “Call to Action” – invaluable opportunities to challenge complacency & Tool-kit, continuous improvement, continuous education, self reflections and all things that “stretch & contract” for the better 🙂