As I mentioned yesterday, I did a workshop with Robert van der Meer at Noorderpoort and at the beginning of the workshop, we had everyone make paper desk name plates.
Since I had already made one for Rain + Robert and I was in the midst of quickly showing how it was done, I folded up a second one and just wrote on it “R + R”.
Robert immediately said, “Time for a little R+R”.
I almost died.
Two things were immediately clear – we both like puns and it was going to be an awesome class.
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Shoutout to E who is SUPER DUPER pregnant and due ANY SECOND and it’s her own birthday today and also HER mom’s birthday and wouldn’t it be keen if three generations of women were all born today? Happy birthday, E.
And also shoutout to H who totally WhatsApp’d me, “Here’s your daily reminder. Go do your blog before you’re in bed.:-)”
Today was a whole new ballgame for today’s workshop and most of that was due to two very important factors.
1. I experienced yesterday, learned from it, and consequently adjusted my approach.
2. Robert van der Meer joined me.
I guess that first point is more like three factors, but the rest of this could very easily turn into a love letter to those kids because DAYUM it was a GOOD DAY.
Continue reading “Stressed About Public Speaking and Leadership? It’s Time For Some R+R”
I was just about to fall asleep when I realized that I hadn’t posted today.
This morning I gave this workshop over in Groningen at a business school.
The class was full of sixteen to twenty-three year olds.
Often I think of myself as just a big kid with all the enthusiasm and play that I do, but then I run into actual kids and I think, “Woah. I’m all kinds of adult.”
Continue reading “I Was Already In Bed, People”
Five weeks ago I did a talk for a research group at the local hospital and had an absolute blast.
I’m starting to think I might be good at this speaking thing.
And this training thing.
And other things.
Continue reading “Ready to Talk?!? The Science of Presenting Your Research”
I’m still (THANKFULLY) riding the high that is completing a second advanced manual and earning the Toastmasters Advanced Communicator Bronze award last night.
To be clear, I was crap.
Pale. Stiff. Sweating. Lots of uhms and ahs and unconscious pacing.
In true tech fashion, I was slapping the slides together seconds before the meeting started.
It’s done! And filed! And hopefully the point will be awarded to our club in time to earn the Presidential’s Distinguished Club award.
I know. I know. You want to hear about the pregnancy.
Let’s talk about pregnancy and vomit and blood and piss. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.
Continue reading “Adventures in Pregnancy : The Lemons”
Four of us made our way together by train to get there before the ten a.m. registration / start time.
Let me emphasize how FAR it is from all the way up north to all the way down… to the middle of the Netherlands.
Okay, it’s not that far.
But some of us got up at four thirty even though we set the alarm for five thirty cause we were SO FREAKING EXCITED!
Continue reading “Toastmasters Groningen at the Spring Division C Conference”
Yesterday was the third round of this year’s International Speech Contest, the Division C Contest.
I did my best. I was overtime. And then I wasn’t. And I almost started crying. The audience laughed a lot. Both men and women told me they cried afterwards. There were some amazing speeches tho. And I wasn’t in the top three.
This is my speech.
I’m flying along at forty thousand feet. I’m dressed in layers. I’m in the window seat. I’ve settled in for a long seven hour SLEEP.
Then I hear those magical words, “Chicken or Pasta”.
I’m WIDE AWAKE.
Chicken or pasta.
Do I want the healthier chicken or the TEMPTING pasta?
Chicken or pasta is a simple question. Other questions can be a bit more complicated.
What should I study? What will my career be? Will I date that guy? Will I marry that girl? Do I rent or buy a house? Do I want children?
Contest Chair and fellow decision makers, if you have focus – if you know your way forward, making difficult decisions can be easier.
Continue reading “And Then I Lost”
I won first place at the Area competition and will be competing 15 April at the Division C contest where I will compete against up to seven other people in the English International Speech competition.
All of the previous stressors are the same but MORE.
Continue reading “I’m Competing In Two Weeks In A Speech Contest”
No, I’m not leaving Red Hat.
I am changing departments and slightly changing responsibilities and while I’m not quite ready for THAT post, I’m totally ready to ramble on about this that and the other. Specifically, I’m LEAVIN’ ON A JET PLANE.
To scoot over to Boston for a team all hands meeting.
For two days.
I’ve never flown so much in such a short time and THEN, of course, the speech competition is this Saturday.
Continue reading “In The Midst Of A Job Change And”
whenever i start working on this particular speech. this speech that i’m doing for a series of contests. this speech that won THAT club contest and that may or may not win the next level of the toastmasters international speech contests, my stomach starts flipping.
one of the things that happened while i was competing, in both the international speech AND the evaluator contests, is that i was flipping. the fuck. OUT. and that meant that my stomach was doing that butterfly thing. and that i was sweating ALL OVER. and i found it very difficult to focus. at all. i was shaking almost the ENTIRE NIGHT. even after awards were given and representation confirmed, i was high for hours. and then i crashed for DAYS. because this contest? well, it was similar to how i felt when i used to audition ALL THE TIME. back when i danced.
not with a pole so much as scraping by in that weird modern contemporary way with lots of white make up and silky kimonos and excruciatingly slow movement. there were some auditions that were more stressful and somehow OVERWHELMING then others.
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