Click... First slide comes on and I'm in the zone.
As I open my mouth and greet the audience all the apprehension that I faced the night before seemed unfounded.
I was in the zone. Each point was explained in just enough detail to get the audience interested, and keep them interested. All the points that needed to be highlighted were emphasised with clarity and precision. And best of all, I reached the end of my presentation at exactly the same time as the timekeeper's bell.
Toastmasters trained me well.
And at the end of it all, it was just so rewarding to get the audience asking questions, and telling me afterwards that they were amazed at how much passion I had for my topic.
The thing is, I was getting bored of the topic and wanted to modify it, but they didn't need to know that...
I finish my slot, and head out of the door, ready to go to work... Satisfied and happy with my first conference presentation outside Malaysian soil.