Yesterday, I bravely (if I do say so myself) volunteered to give another presentation about my therapy groups.
Unexpectedly, the presentation will be a week from today.
I’m glad it’s only a week away. Less time to prepare, less pressure for me.
Now, I have to prepare for the presentation.
Except I really don’t have to prepare. It’s a topic I know enough about, for sure.
I know more than my audience knows.*
As a matter of fact, I know a lot more than that. How could I not? I do the groups four times, every week. Also, they are my passion.
I’m sure I will have enough to say about them.
So really, what do I need to prepare?
Nothing. I just need to show up, with a prop or two.
In the past, there’s another way I have prepared for presentations. I’ve worried about them. I’ve imagined a negative outcome. In other words, I’ve had cognitive distortions about:
- What could go wrong.
- People thinking I suck.
Hmmm. That about covers it.
I think I can forego that aspect of the preparation, this time.
I have good data for that. That is, every other time I’ve done a presentation this year about the same topic, it has gone very well.
Actually, I’ve rocked.**
So there’s no reason to expect that I will do anything except rock, this time.
I mean, I’m sure that my critical voice could come up with lots of arguments for why THIS TIME will be different. For example ….
This is a different audience. You haven’t done a presentation for several months. The past is not necessarily a predictor of the future. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.
This is what I would like to say to my critical voice this morning:
Just to make sure my critical voice hears that, here’s a hundred more (viewer discretion advised):
I think that should hold my critical voice, for the week until my presentation.
So here’s a prescription — an antidote — for myself, this morning:
Rx: For one week, administer “Shut Ups”, PRN***.
Before I end this post, I want to write about preparing for one more thing:
I just looked for a definition of “Thanksgivukkah” on-line, and this is what I found, from livescience.com.
It’s a once in more than 70,000-year event: The first day of Hanukkah this year coincides with Thanksgiving.
As I wrote in an e-mail to my cousin Lani, a while ago:
I’m not sure what we are doing for Thanksgivukkuh. Trying not to feel the pressure of 70,000 years.
That concludes today’s blog post, my dear readers.
* Years ago, my sister told me that helpful definition of a good-enough teacher.
** I’ve already linked to this same post about bragging, but what the hell.
** Pro Re Nata (Latin), meaning “take whenever needed.”