Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ellicott City, MD
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).