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Nervous Energy

I’m tired and have an early work day tomorrow morning so this post will be a short one.

I had Thursday and Friday off from work due to the Thanksgiving holiday but otherwise, I did not celebrate it. Having days off was nice though. For once I didn’t have to set my alarm to wake myself for work and I had more free time to do whatever I wanted. I slept in, had a slow breakfast, and played the RPG game Harvest Town.

I worked a little on my project for class which is due Tuesday. I am using PowerPoint slides, and much of what I added to the slides today were pictures to go along with the text on the slides. The oral presentation for the project is only 8 minutes so I expect it will go fast in rapid succession. I even wrote a script for myself as a guide to look at during the presentation so I don’t get lost.

Several weeks earlier in class, I had to do a 1-minute presentation just talking about what my project was going to be about. A problem I had then was I couldn’t read my PowerPoint slide on the projector from where I was standing and actually had trouble seeing it clearly. After I faltered mid-sentence, my work partner took over and helped me. I don’t want the same thing to happen again for the 8-minute presentation so that’s why I will be partially dependent on the notes I have on my phone.

What I have written on the slides is pretty straightforward and to the point. I don’t think I’ll have much trouble explaining the information on each one, even if my nerves get the best of me. I still have a few days to prepare and practice.

Nervous energy is not necessarily bad energy. I’m actually also nervous about work tomorrow because I’ll be working with a coworker who I am meeting for the first time. But I am trying to take it in stride and telling myself it will be fine. It’s just one day and a few hours spent in the company of someone who is also meeting me for the first time, too. What’s the harm in that?

Featured Image by Lacie Slezak on Unsplash.

2 thoughts on “Nervous Energy

  1. It sounds like you are progressing well with class, Nat. Good on you for preparing a script for your PowerPoint project presentation. Whenever I have to give a speech, I like to prepare a script and write out the entire speech and bring it with me. I feel an entire script works better for me rather than dot points, though the latter can be helpful. I hope meeting your new work colleague went well. When I meet a new work colleague, sometimes I can get nervous but a lot of the time I tell myself they are there to do a job, just like I am there to do a job. A lot of the time after meeting new colleagues they leave me alone unless they have a work question.


  2. I’m anxious a lot but I have learnt to use the nervous energy for good. It definitely can be a bad thing but it can also be a good thing and make you more productive. Hope everything went well with work.

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