One of my goals for this school year was to push the boundaries of my comfort zone and take more of a leadership role outside of the school. On Friday, October 23rd, I presented at the BC teacher librarian's conference, Charting New Paths, in Surrey.
To say that I was nervous would be an understatement. I managed to get very little sleep Thursday night, thanks in part to a loud group partying at 2 am but also because I was running through my entire presentation in my mind. My presentation was on "Fostering Collaboration" which is the part of my job I get most animated about and love to bits so I really shouldn't have been so nervous as I was talking about something I love. However, as we all know, logic just doesn't not quell the nervousness that an introvert feels about public speaking. When I was grabbing a bite to eat at breakfast, I noticed my colleagues all relaxed and chatting and I thought, "Wow, wouldn't that be nice? What on earth was I thinking?" During my presentation, I managed to go through 17 shades of red but after it was all done, I'm happy that I stepped out of my comfort zone. Indeed, I think presenting at a teacher librarian conference is the best scenario for a nervous presenter. As one person commented to me, "It's like speaking with family."
I'm already planning on attending next year's conference and am toying with the idea of presenting again. I have also been approached by the BCTEA provincial specialist association to present at their conference about how a teacher librarian can collaborate with a shop teacher. Either way, I think my nerves will have recovered by then. That being said, my LSA has already tapped me to do a condensed version of my presentation during one of our monthly meetings. I guess I do have a presentation already put together and red is a lovely colour.