As part of my job I have to teach a class every 2 months on hazardous waste management. This class is open basewide and the participants are not always excited to be there; it’s a dry subject. I used to get nervous before teaching mostly because I felt like I was “under a microscope” the whole time. Once I relaxed, realized I was the one with the knowledge to impart and interjected some humor/sidebar comments I found the nervousness was gone.
People attend training, seminars, conferences, etc., to learn what they need or learn more about something they are interested in. It becomes the speaker/trainer’s job to impart that message to the audience. I found taking a deep breath and plunging in was the best way…most people aren’t looking for perfection, just knowledge.
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