Just back from Edinburgh where I have been pitching along with another company for a new job. I feel that we all gave it our best shot. And apart from getting the job the objectives that I set myself have been achieved and I wait the result. I can do no more.
But this time yesterday it was a different story. The nerves had set in big time as I prepared for the presentation, read through the brief and our submission and thought what I was going to say. Now even for me getting nerves 24 hours in advance is quite unusual. But as well as wanting to do my best for the potential client I also did not want to let our partner down either. So the tummy wobbles set in early.
However getting nervous about presenting is not a new thing for me. I always get nerves occasionally it might be 15 minutes before I present but usually in the hour or two before I get up to speak my tummy has the flutters and the nerves set in.
Is this because I don’t present often? No I regularly give presentations and I am happy to present marketing workshops and seminars for groups and at business meetings. Is it because I am new to presenting? No again I have presented lots in all my jobs from giving presentations to travel agents about the history of Edinburgh and why it is a great Tourism destination to presenting to members at the Scottish Borders Tourist Board to presenting at Scottish Borders Council for VisitScotland. And then to what I do today presenting pitches, giving seminars or being the face of the Borders Chamber of Commerce. So why do I get nerves?
Well a minister said to me once when I was nervous about giving a reading in church nerves are good as it shows that you care. At the time I thought that is all very well but actually I could do without all these nerves in my tummy. But as I have grown older I can see that there is a lot of truth in that statement and talking to others I know that I am not alone in my nerves. I get nervous as in all cases I want to do my best for Bright Light Marketing, for the client if appropriate and yes for myself. I know that I can do it and it is the nerves that gives me the adrenalin to do so and make me do the best job possible.
So at the end of another day of presenting and giving it my best shot my nerves have stood me in good stead as it made me do lots of preparation, change and think about what I was going to say and give it my best shot.
And I have found something worse than presenting myself! ——- That is knowing my kids are presenting or anxious about something they are doing. When I do it myself I am there obviously and usually its in my hands to do a good job or not. With the kids I have to watch them go off for School think about them all day and then wait anxiously for their return! So tomorrow my daughter is presenting her poem to the P5’s to P7’s at the St Boswells Burns supper (alias lunch). And yes I will be waiting anxiously to hear how it has gone. After all no rest for the wicked.