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.
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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