Public speaking is something that I am super passionate about but it scares the hell out of me.
It is interesting that I often feel like I might die while doing any presentation but then I end up getting positive reviews after I am done. Shout out to all the cheerleaders!
I got the chance to face this fear again today.
We have been working on our capstone projects for the last one month. This process involved identifying a problem space, conducting market research, and coming up with a business model around the same. The entire project is to be culminated in an investor pitch, which is happening this coming Saturday. Pitch practice sessions for the D-day started today and I am the one who was representing my team.
As you can imagine, the weekend saw a lot of work directed towards creating a pitch deck, writing a story, and practicing it over and over.
I woke up super pumped, script in head, enthusiasm overloaded, and grace already abounded…we are going to ace this!
What I was neither aware of nor ready for was the fact that I was going to be the first one to pitch. I actually saw the list ten minutes to the pitch time. “Is it too late to change my mind?” “Please, I want to run. #sobs.”
Then came the words that I was dreading, “… and we’ll start off with Dolph.in.” (Dolph.in is our company name).
The next six minutes saw me fight my way through the story that I had rehearsed times over, forgetting some bits, being stuck a couple times, feeling like stopping at some point, but optimistic to finish strong. And finishing strong I did!
This whole week is committed to pitch practice and it will involve several moments like this. I am here for it all. What I know for sure is that it gets better with time, and that’s all the assurance that I need.
Looking forward to acing that investor pitch on Saturday. I am afraid but I will do it anyway because winning is the only thing that we know around here.
Love and Light.