Another week, another trip
I don’t like these kinds of mornings. When you have 2 or 3 hours before you have to go somewhere.
The feeling that you have to go within a few hours stays in the back of your head and makes harder to relax and focus.
Nevertheless, after breakfast, I opened my laptop and started working on the workshop that I’m going to conduct this Saturday.
After that, I went to the train station and headed to Cracov.
The train journey was only about 1.5 hour so I didn’t do much while traveling. I looked at the presentation that I’m going to speak about later today. It’s about the need for UX in business and product development.
I practiced a few crucial moments in my mind and decided to work on the workshop that I’m going to conduct this Saturday.
Food and walking
I got off the train and went straight to eat something – I was starving. I didn’t have the time and will to look for something tasty, so I picked the most convenient place.
After decent fast food, I walked to my Airbnb. 3km of walking is no big deal, it’s just enough to get my blood flow – lately, I didn’t do much exercise except golfing.
After getting to the apartment, I went to buy groceries for tomorrow’s breakfast. I’m only staying there for one night and I have to get up early in the morning for the next train to Poznan. I didn’t even unpack my things.
Before the talk
It was about 2 hours before the prelection.
I thought it’s going to be exactly the same as conducting workshops with students but it wasn’t. I was stressed. Not much but way beyond my regular level of stress regarding these kinds of activities. It wasn’t paralyzing but it could lead to brain fog while talking in front of the people.
I recalled that most of the time the fear of the worst case scenario is way worse than the worst case scenario itself. I reassured myself that I know what I’m talking about and even when it would go wrong, I can pull this off.
Just before the talk
I showed up in the event 30 minutes early. I said hello to the organizers and started to get familiar with the place I’m going to talk in.
Not long after that, the event has officially started. It wasn’t as many people as I thought it would be. I bet there were around 50 people there.
I was introduced by the host and get behind the podium.
I started talking.
After about 20 minutes I finished. I didn’t even feel that much relief. But it wasn’t over.
It was time for Q&A session. I was a little bit surprised because of that, but there was nothing that I couldn’t handle.
I got a few questions which were hard to answer specifically. I provided the best possible general answer, while not having a lot of information to be specific.
I stayed for another 2 hours talking with the attendees and the speaker who presented after me.
I received feedback about the presentation from my colleagues. They confirmed my thought – I was talking too fast.
I started to wonder why the workshops don’t stress me and this kind of presentation does. I think it’s because of the time limit and the feeling that “you have to nail every little detail”. During workshops, the pressure is distributed among lecturer and attendees. While public speaking there is only you.
I came back to the Airbnb tired and hungry.
I did a quick search looking for something tasty in the neighborhood. I found the restaurant where clients claim they have the best pizza in Cracov. I’m always skeptic about these kinds of reviews, but the place has an overall great rating and it was close. Turned out that was the best pizza I’ve ever eaten. Totally worth it.
End of the day
I came back home and talk to my girlfriend. Not long after that, I went to sleep. I had to wake up early tomorrow. I got another train to catch.
Plan for #025
- Go to Poznań
- Visit my favorite restaurant there
- Work on my company’s communication
- Work on the Saturday’s presentation