I did it!


Last night I gave an hour-long presentation on a trip I took to Egypt and Jordan back in 2009, to a Travel Meetup club I belong to!  Although I was a member of Toastmasters for a while and gave a few five-minute speeches, this was a great accomplishment for me.  I wasn’t that nervous and everyone seemed to enjoy it.  It probably helped that there were only 9 people there…but for me it was a great feeling!  My Powerpoint presentation had 120 photographs that were shot with a point and shoot, but I recently bought Lightroom 5, so I doctored them up some.  Now I can’t wait to give presentations on my other epic trips…Peru…SE Asia…and Africa!

To avoid the worst of traffic, I left my house early to drive to Covington, Kentucky, where the event was held, so I had some extra time and decided to practice my photography.  These two photographs are of the Cincinnati skyline at sunset.

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Here I am in the venue before the presentation.  I love the architectural elements of the building…the high ceilings, beautiful woodwork, and large windows.

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When you face your fears, anything is possible!

 

31 thoughts on “I did it!

  1. This is an awesome presentation and I am amazed at your confidence! I would have loved to heard you speak and am sure the photographs and scenes were well worth the members’ time! You are a great photographer, always love to visit here!

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  2. Your Toastmasters experience probably helped more than you know. It sort of just is always there to lean on. I can’t really imagine you having a hard time presenting anything to people. You are always showing us pictures of people you just met or don’t know. That takes courage and confidence. Of course your travel pictures pretty much speak for themselves. They have certainly spoken to me on many occasions. Congratulations!

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  3. Oh, I can completely identify with your fear of public speaking and the sheer relief when your nerves don`t get the better of you! Well done! Your photos are gorgeous and so are you so that really gave you a head start!

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  4. The human heart is a glorious instrument. It starts beating at the moment life begins and stops the moment you open your mouth to speak in public. I was a member of a local Toastmasters club several years ago. That can be a great venue for sharing your passions. Thanks for sharing yours with us, Sherry!

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  5. Well done Sherry, I know the feeling of fear very well. It was only in the last year or so that I’ve been able to give a talk without collapsing like a pile of quivering jelly – you have faced up and triumphed, well done! 🙂

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