Eight years. That’s how long it has been since I last taught Photography 101. The last time I was in front of attendees, I was still an employee of Accenture and the people who attended were my co-employees. I didn’t have any problem speaking in public during activities of Accenture Photography Club mainly because I knew most of them already.
Fast forward to a week and a day ago, I find myself standing in front of workshop attendees again. Eight years more of experience under my belt, new presentation deck on screen, and twenty three fresh faces looking back at me.
I was all over the place! I was setting up my Mac for the presentation, my other stuff was spread all over a long table, my mind worried about the projector and the projector screen. Kassy, my girlfriend, told me to calm down. Eventually, I got all of my stuff in order and all I did was just wait for the attendees to come in of Bo’s Coffee.
The attendees were almost complete. I had to stand in front to get the workshop started. My hands were sweaty, I think they were even shaking at one point. I fidgeted with my presentation clicker while I was speaking nervously (wish I brought the fidget cube we bought at kickstarter). When Kassy started with an ice breaker and introduced me, it was only up until I started to talk about my credentials when I felt settled. I think that was the last time that I was nervous.
From 12 noon to 2 in the afternoon, I had boggling jitters. All those what if’s lingered but soon as everyone sat comfortably and started asking questions, I knew I’ll be okay.
Everything after that came naturally. Like how it was way back 2009. I discussed and explained each and every bullet point and photo with ease.
“Everything is going to be okay.”
With much delight, a-lot of have requested for another rerun of the workshop and we’re grateful on the kind support Bo’s Coffee have extended - We’re doing another round of the Photography 101 workshop at their Eton Tower Makati Branch.
And, just like my title, there’s always a first time in a long time. I’ll be posting more often on this blog, soon!