Today after school we had a staff meeting. Nothing unusual about that except that I was asked to give a presentation to the staff about the PLN I have taken part in. OMG. I am not a teacher and not comfortable speaking in front of anyone let alone my peers. Not that there is anything scary about my peers, they are all really nice people actually. I tried not to think about it too much before hand to avoid the anxiety getting out of control and pulling out of the presentation. That would have been a shame because I gained so much from my PLN and would recommend it to everyone.
I was not expected to do this on my own. Rachel and Julie from our library also took part in the program so we discussed what each of us would talk about. I would give an overview of what we did and they would pick out the tools and topics that interested them to discuss.
I prepared a Power Point (yep, I know, boring) with the weekly tasks highlighting what I found the most interesting each week then showed everyone my blog and the Week 12 Digital Story Prezi (much more interesting than Power Point). I had prepared notes for all of the points I wanted to make but unfortunately I was so nervous I missed a few things I really wanted to say. I felt I stumbled and shook through the whole thing but I am pretty sure it was not as bad as I imagined it was.
The funny thing is I found it a lot of fun even though I was so nervous, crazy hey!
You Tube has many videos on overcoming the fear of public speaking and I have found one that I think is amusing. He looks like he is reading every word from his notes and not doing a particularly good job but worth watching anyway.