It wasn't easy, telling my story for the first time. I had a tough time practicing it, with the tears welling up in my eyes and having a hard time finding a flow for a 7 minute --- "let me tell you my life and stress" - presentation. Although Steve is quick to remind me that I do like to talk about myself. :) I had all kinds of great ideas, all kinds of wonderful thoughts, humorous thoughts and had my written notes and bullet points there to get it down so I could get it out and hopefully be well received. I was thinking that I wanted more audience participation (so they don't fall asleep - kidding), but you never know how that is going to go, so I built it in and even if it went off just a little I thought it would be good to have that interaction. But then it was about the story and the humor. So again, here it is, I didn't get in as many as the fun things as I had hoped and rushed the beginning, it was a little all over the place, but as Steve said when we watched it later, as soon as the hair came off - - I seemed to relax and it got better from there. :)
I hope you enjoy the presentation --- Personally it is pretty funny to watch yourself speak and see the shake in my voice and hands --- but it wasn't too bad for the first time EVER sharing my story with around 400 people, a few I know, most I don't know.... I know there are quite a few things I will change for next time, and I am sure it will be a much smoother presentation and hopefully I will get in more of the pertinent points and not wander so much and get into the details that may not be needed.
It was so great at the end with such great people giving me hugs and encouragement. Sue Ann was fabulous in her position as VP of Relay in New England putting on such a great Relay U. She was there for me a midst all of the craziness of coordinating the successful event -- I thank her for that and for asking me to share and hopefully inspire others.
It was good to see and meet some amazing volunteers there too. Dick, Laura, Gordon, Ben, Mark, Mary Kate, Lynn, Bob A, Dan, Susan and more! To be there and feel the passion of all these volunteers making Relay a HUGE success in New England is truly and inspiration to me!
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Some other photo highlights from the event below:
Me with Don & Peg (CEO & COO of NEDIV)
Sue Ann, Judy, ME and Kelli
Steve & I on stage after the presentation
(note Steve holding onto my hair that I inadvertently left on stage) :)