OneGiantStep SlideShow

20.September 2010

Our Journey

OneGiantStep PosterSo I had this great idea that I would put a few pictures together into a slideshow, gather a few stories of my travels and invite some friends to get together and share. I know me and I think I tell a better story after a beer or two so I took the steps necessary to be able to have some at the shin-dig.

Now I’m thinking that I’m going to need something a wee bit stronger than beer. I’m nervous. Really nervous. Even just sitting here writing about it is making me all anxious and jittery.

I don’t know what I was thinking. I know – I was thinking that it would be cool if someone came home from a really big trip and then told really great, entertaining, inspiring stories of that trip. Like when I went to see Colin Angus and his wife Julie Wafaei after they returned from their human-powered around the world trip. Or when I went to listen to Mick Bromley talk about trekking in Nepal. Or when I hear of other bloggers giving talks about their experiences and travels.

It all sounds so cool, and interesting, and fun…until it’s me.

Up until now I had imagined myself up in front of the group being all witty, and funny, and entertaining…you know, people rolling in the aisles laughing at my hilarious stories or being in awe of the fabulousness of my fabulous experiences.

But now all I can imagine are blank stares facing me as they wait for the good part of the story…and it never comes.

My family had a great idea this weekend when they suggested I should videotape the story-telling so that I could send it to other friends and family or even post it here on the blog. Which also sounded like a very good idea until this morning when I realized that not only would I be facing a crowd of people but also a camera…that’s just great.

I think it’s worse that I will know every single person in the room. I’ve done public speaking before and I always do best if I don’t know anyone in the room because then I have no stake in whether they like it or not. And I’ve only ever done technical speaking – presenting to project stakeholders or training groups of users etc – I have never, ever, ever tried to be entertaining!

But I want to do this. It’s another step in the ‘make myself uncomfortable’ plan that we started more than two years ago when we decided to step out and go traveling.

Well…I’m uncomfortable.

Do you have any advice for me? And don’t tell me to imagine them all naked…this is my family people!

At least wish me luck.

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17 Responses to “OneGiantStep SlideShow”

  1. Keith Says:

    GOOD LUCK! I can’t wait to see the video. My only advice would be to plant a few questions in the audience, if you are going to do a Q&A section. It gets the ball rolling and soon enough you will have people wagging their arms in the air trying to get you to take their question.

  2. Trace Says:

    I totally agree that it’s much worse to speak in front of those you know, and I also agree that beer will most certainly help, but here’s the bottom line. Your blog was entertaining because you wrote it, and let’s face it, there’s no shortage of material to cover……if you combine the slides with a little comentary to each the presentation will not be lacking content. We don’t tend to give ourselves enough credit for capabilities around things like this, but you took the steps to create the blog, and if that’s any indication, please sign me up for the presentation! Keith’s idea is a great one too – plant a few seeds and let the audience help create the show! I know, easy for me to say being a non-blogger…………..:)

  3. Glenda Says:

    I would try not to ‘think’ too much. Have a list of ‘must tell’ stories and just go from there. I think you’ll be great and your friends are there to cheer you on and because they are interested – they’re not there to critique you. Friends are very forgiving. Don’t pressure yourself to be witty – it will just naturally come out (as it does in your writing). I’ve given many a talk so it’s easy for me to say but speak from the heart and just be yourself and you’ll be great. I’ve forgotten to say things, made mistakes and am never as witty as I would like to be but my feedback is generally positive. Jason is there to help out too… right? A stiff drink before hand can’t hurt either… you’ll be great, can’t wait to hear/see it. Hugs.

  4. eric Says:

    Damn, you already dissed my idea! :)

    Good advice from everyone above, you’ve already done it in your blog and probably a bunch of times among smaller audiences since you’ve returned. They don’t necessarily have to be flashy or witty just what they are, your experiences. Places you liked or didn’t like and why, what you were feeling at any moment, people you met along the way and maybe randomly saw again later, etc….

    Your whole story is good because none, or most of them, have probably never done anything like it. Bravery, courage, chance, luck……

    Don’t psych yourself out! It’ll be great, I’m sorry I can’t be there to hear it firsthand. When are you planning to have it?

  5. Holly Says:

    You have nothing to worry about! I have heard you speak in front of people before and you are Fabulous at public speaking and you have the knack to make the most mundane things sound exciting… not that you have anything mundane to talk about. On the contrary, now you will have not only beer to fuel the need, but you will also have something amazing to share… not that explaining the need to use the correct log in location is not exciting in it’s own right. I am sure if we put our heads together, we can come up with some great tools you have used in the past while participating in other events… enough said!

  6. Sheri Says:

    hey! dont have much advice, I think I would be a wreak just like you! haha. Just remember that whatever you say, these people want to hear it! They came cuz they wanna know what your adventure was like….they want to do what you did! Anything you say will be interesting! Once its all said and done thou, send me a link……I wanna see and hear it all too!!!!

    • Gillian Says:

      Thanks guys! I think it’s coming together – I’ll just be nervous for a minute or two and then I’ll settle into it. I’ll let you know how it goes!!

  7. Paula Says:

    Can’t wait for the link. I think you’ve been funny all my life. I wish I were going to be there to laugh at you. Oops I really did mean with you.
    Seriously you have the gift to weave a great story without trying. Just spend the whole night explaining your day at the baths. That still and will always make me smile.
    Best of luck and have tons of fun.
    Love you.

    • Gillian Says:

      Well, it was a success! I had a fabulous time telling my stories and everyone seemed to have a good time. Thanks to everyone. I’m very lucky.

  8. Jeremy Says:

    Glad to hear it went well! I just read this post and was thinking that sounded amazing and scary at the same time. I feel kind of like a photo nerd though.. im 53 days in and already have near 3500 pictures. Is that bad?

    • Gillian Says:

      @Jeremy: I wish I had taken WAY more pictures!! I edited way too harshly and let the extraordinary seem ordinary to me which meant that I didn’t take pictures when I should have. Don’t stop taking as many as you like – you won’t regret it!

  9. eric Says:

    Jeremy….take more LOTS more….as long as you have a place to store them. I met Gillian and Jason on a Gulet (boat) when I was traveling through Turkey for ten weeks. I came home with 12,000+ Like Gillian said….you won’t regret it!

  10. Trace Says:

    I am hoping you don’t have it while we’re in Japan – no pressure, but after Nov 12 would be fab!!!

    • Gillian Says:

      @Trace: Drop us a line when you get back to Victoria…we would love to meet up and hear about your trip to Japan!!

  11. Paul of Bert & Patty Says:

    Congratulations and good luck. I wish we could be there to celebrate your journey with you. Maybe someday our paths will cross.

  12. Kim Says:

    Gillian, is your slide show posted somewhere on your website? I’ve seen the India video but is there a video of the whole thing and/or the slides??
    Kim recently posted..The waiting… and waiting…

    • Gillian Says:

      Kim: no, not the whole thing. I had planned on posting more pieces but wasn’t sure of the quality. I still like the idea though so I’ll find them and dust them off. Thanks for asking!