I absolutely love to speak at business conferences and kickoffs aimed at motivating employees. As the past accomplishments are highlighted, and the path ahead is shared, I begin to feel like an essential part of the team. My heartbeat quickens, and I sweat just a bit, wondering if I will meet my yearly goal. The reminder that I don't actually work for these amazing organizations is the heartbreaking reality I must accept as I head home.
Recently, I left a meeting feeling that I had absolutely bombed. During my 45 minute presentation, you could have heard a pin drop.
"Face it Jamie...you are not everyone's cup of tea
" was the thought I clung to in the moment. As I made my way to gather my luggage, I was stopped by a handful of people that wanted to speak privately. The personal stories that were spoken left me breathless. The audience had not only been paying attention, but could deeply relate to what I had shared.