I hate boredom. And even more so when it comes in the form of a boring presentation with visually poor slides. That’s just torture.
Pinned to my seat in a packed auditorium, I evaluate my potential escape route. The only thing that holds me back is the embarrassment and awkwardness of trying to slide past eight other people sitting in my row.
“Meetings are a great way to fill my working day,” said nobody, ever.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a quick catch-up with a colleague or a regular team get-together – a meeting should serve a purpose and have at least a bare minimum agenda (and no, three bullets two minutes before the meeting do not qualify as an agenda). Otherwise the meeting is really just a waste of time that could be better spent getting on with “real” work, or even doing non work-related stuff.
It happens to you too, doesn’t it? Every time you host a webinar there’s this nagging feeling of doubt. Your mind probes after the echo of each fading word, reading into the menacing silence of the muted audience.
You can’t help but wonder: Is this going well?
It’s a biggie. And it even has its own name: glossophobia.
But the term “public speaking” no longer refers to just talking in front of a physical audience. It can also mean presenting to a virtual audience through online events, meetings, conferences — however you call it.
Now I hate speaking in front of large groups of people, yet I love picturing that standing ovation after delivering a great speech. (You have to dream big, right?)