Today I am charged with preparing the opening speech for the 2009 Girl Scout Bridging ceremony for our town. Girls will bridge up to the next level for all age groups. Normally, I have no problem with public speaking. However, in this instance, I am feeling the stage fright.
It is not just any speech we are giving here. There will be several leaders, older girl scouts and assorted people's in attendance who have been to WAY more ceremonies than I, and I really don't want to get up there and say something stupid! Or forget to mention the most important reasons for being there.
I am confident about my abilities to talk in front of groups of people. Let's face it, I have the gift of gab. I just don't want to disappoint. How long should I go on for? What if I wax too sentimental or go the polar opposite and in monotone just give the facts?
Good grief! So many things can go wrong here. Technical difficulties I can handle: I don't really need a microphone as I can more than project my voice to the entire place! Don't you hate when you have something important to say and you get tongue tied? What if people get bored and start yawning? In all seriousness I know that if I falter there will be several people there I can lean on but when it is "your job" I feel the pressure. Keep your fingers crossed for me!