I just gave a sales presentation with a coworker. He had created the actual powerpoint, so I deferred to him for much of the speaking (even though at times I wanted to scream at him YOUR BACK IS TO THE AUDIENCE and DEAR GOD IT'S BEEN 45 MINUTES AND YOU'RE ONLY THREE SLIDES IN), but I did drop in from time to time. As much as I would like to bitch about his presentation style, this is not the forum for that. Well, I mean, it's my blog so it could be, but right now it's not.*
What this is currently the forum for is a realization I made about myself recently that I want to know if anyone else has experienced:
I intentionally tell embarrassing stories about myself when I'm in front of large groups of people, because I think it makes me more likable.
Let me say that again.
I intentionally embarrass myself when I'm speaking publicly.
WTF, me? I mean it. I quite literally pick stories that make me look like a doofus or a dork or a geek or a clumsy butthole. For example, this presentation was a training session for our sales people. I've audited it before, but this is my first time giving it. When I was standing up in front of the room, I told all of the sales people that I'd always thought the guy who used to do the presentation had a really great memory for names, but it turns out they have nametags! A doh! (That's not even true. I knew they had nametags.) And then? I told them some stupid ass story about spilling coffee on myself.
'Hi all! I'm Emma! I can't see those big white nametags you all have in front of you and definitely couldn't remember your names if they weren't there, AND I can't keep my drinks off my clothes! Trust me to teach you!'
Does anyone else do that? Please tell me I'm not the only one. And someone please get me some duct tape to put over my mouth next time - yes, it will be hard to present, but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.
*Ok one quick bitch. I have been around this stuff for longer, so I told him to feel free to call me in on his slides any time he felt uncomfortable. Every time he did so, I stepped in, answered his question, and then handed the mic back over. Every time I did that, he would repeat what I had just told the class. As if I hadn't just said it directly to them. With a microphone.