Today's Adventure in Public Speaking

List previously known as Public Speaking Sucks! Today validates every fear I've ever had in this area (except I was clothed).
  1. First...I'm an accountant not a performer like many of you wonderful people.
    Finding this pic is the best part of my day.
  2. I had to speak on behalf of my office at a conference in front of 200 people today
  3. I've done the presentation before to smaller groups, but today I totally bombed.
  4. I don't even know how or why it went bad, but I could just feel it.
    I'm not a comedian but I usually can get a chuckle or a nod. It was dead. Nothing.
  5. How do performers handle this?
  6. Then they gave me a weird half hearted clap. The guy who talked about accounting standards for over an hour got applause. Seriously, that is the most boring stuff in the world even to accountants.
  7. Lady asked if I've been public speaking very long. I think they feel sorry for me.
    I told you it was bad. I would have been happier not having my disastrous thoughts validated though.
  8. I stupidly said I would attend the conference the rest of the day. I just want to go home and hide.
    Obviously I'm listing instead of paying attention now. But I will clap.