It was in my first role and in the early months of 2004. I was part of a training team, and I’d joined them as a Training Officer – somewhere between a coordinator, responsible for delivering some training myself, and supporting the advisors in designing their courses.

After a couple of months of settling in, one of the advisors asked me to deliver part of the course he was facilitating. I think it was on presentation skills. I think I’ve tried to delete the event from my memory as much as I can.

I had one part to deliver. It was about a theory piece. Not more than about 20 mins.

The advisor had done his part and asked me to come up and deliver the next piece.

I sat in the middle of the room. Projector in front of me. People on the course watching me.

I went to introduce the topic I was asked to deliver, and got as far as saying the title when I completely, totally and utterly clammed up.

I had nothing.

No words.

Nerves beyond anything I’d experienced. Blank mind like never before. Frozen with helplessness.

I looked over to the advisor in absolute desperation. My eyes screaming “HELP”.

Thankfully, he immediately stepped in and took over. He was basically my hero.

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Sukh Pabial

I'm an occupational psychologist by profession and am passionate about all things learning and development, creating holistic learning solutions and using positive psychology in the workforce.

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