Today, and this weekend, are a big event for me. I just got into the hotel in Denver for the 2012 installment of the USAAA global conference.
It was at this conference two years ago that I was on a panel with Temple Grandin and it was at that point that I was convinced that I had a future in my role of presenting. Sure, I had been on the job at TouchPoint for seven months, but it was at that time that I knew that this job wasn’t just a job, but a lifelong career and passion.
So yes, this year’s conference is set to begin and I am coming into it was a much different attitude than I did two years ago. I thought about how far I’ve come, not just as a presenter but also as a person, from when I did the 2010 conference. Going into that conference I was so nervous in the weeks leading up to it that I felt an almost constant feeling of nausea. Also, I didn’t know if what I had to say meant anything to anyone. Now though I know my voice and message are strong.
I feel kind of spoiled this go round as I have a one hour presentation by myself on Friday and I am on a panel on Saturday regarding advocacy and bullying. Two years ago I don’t know if I would have had the life experience to talk on that subject, but I can’t wait to be able to add to the discussion.
So that’s where I am at today. I am so excited to be at my first conference outside of Missouri and I can’t wait to give the presentation of my life tomorrow!