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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-16-2008, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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I have a huge presentation that I have to give in about 20 minutes. I am so anxious it isn't funny. I think I have tried hitting the bathroom 3 times in the last 15 minutes.

Its for a project that I am the acting team leader on and I have to give a presentation to our Architectual review board (think IT architecture). On the invite list between the meeting room and calling in around about 150 people, of which probably 40-50 will actually call in or be there...of them probably 100% of them are higher in the organization then I am (remember I am an ACTING team lead, most are team lead level or much higher). Quite a few of them are a good 2-3 steps above me in the org.

Anyway, I just have to give a 10 minute presentation on the project and then answer questions. Thankfully my lead tech and my project manager (my boss) will be there to help answer questions...but I am still freaked the hell out.

I can't help but have this picture in my mind of me walking into the meeting and 30 guys in business suits jumping me.

I just have to remind myself that I know my project, I am there to provide a service to these people by informing them of the project and that I can answer their questions. They put their pants on one leg at a time just like me (even if their suit pants are probably more expensive then mine...might not be, tis the gov't).
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...I'm sure you will do just fine...just be calm...and remember..they are only pweople just like you
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Hey, you'll do great matt. You are one of the most knowledgable people i have met on these forums. You said you know your stuff, therefore you have nothing to worry. I wish you luck
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I know the feeling. I had to do something similar last year for my Senior Sem class. had to speak in front of the entire department, about 75 students and the Dean. Just take a deep breath before speaking and remember that once you're done and you get a lot of approving nods, it's seriously the best feeling in the world.


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Oh wow that went better then I had hoped. No gallows, no beat downs, in fact as you said Fiji, a lot of approving nods. A number of questions at the end, but no "Oh crap I really should have said that in the presentation" sorts of questions and on the whole I managed to answer every single one (a couple I defered to our lead tech). I even got a couple of "nice presentation" and "Congratulations" at the end from some people.

My boss was particularly impressed.

I might actually not get fired
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So anyone else out there ever have to do a big presentation in front of a lot of people?
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Way to go man. If your boss was impressed, that could lead to nice perks and such .

Ive done ones at school, not at work though.
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I've done a couple. Mostly powerpoint presentations along with teaching faculty here at the College how to use the new system.( groups of 30 to 40) I'm always scared at first. Half way through it though I think to myself. Your almost done just stay calm. All in all I just try to present the material to the best of my knowledge and it always works out. I hate public speaking! Sometimes I catch myself talking way to fast. That's when I take a drink of water. Have you guys ever had dry mouth happen to you in a speech? It's the worst thing. I had it happen last summer at my best friends wedding. I was the best man. Man I had to stop at least two or three times for water. That was harder then giving work presentations.

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I actually wasn't that scared with my best man speech for my brother. I think when I have to do a big speech or presentation off the cuff I am less nervous. With that I just kept telling myself I am going to wing it and say whatever comes to mind.

Fortunately that time my brother chased me with a bat didn't come to mind or the way I ruined half his posters when we were kids by throwing snowballs through his window didn't come to mind either (he started it, he was throwing them at me from his window when I was coming home, I got 3 in a row through his window).

With this thought I had to construct a PP presentation and I also had to figure out a general flow of things to talk about. Didn't really do much other then jot a couple of short notes on the print out of the PP I had. I did feel enormously better about 3/4 of the way through the presentation and very comfortable during the Q&A portion.
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I think the Q&A portion is always the easiest. Most of the time the questions are simple to answer.
who doesn't like simple questions? lol

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