You’ve got notes, but it’s hard to balance reading them and looking up to speak to the audience.
You notice people drifting off and it shakes you a bit. Why aren’t they listening??? You worked so hard on this.
Sometimes you find yourself stumbling ---- oh no! You’re blanking! ---- on the things you really wanted to say.
Now your realize you're talking too fast.
It’s hard to look at everyone’s faces as they watch you speak.
You rush to get through it so it’s over and done with. Now you just want to get out of here.
Instead of showing up and enjoying this opportunity, you feel nervous and deflated, even awkward in front of everyone. You leave knowing you could have done better.