Two weeks ago I did something absolutely terrifying~ a webinar.
A webinar is like a teleseminar, except instead of speaking into a telephone, you speak into a microphone on your computer. And instead of being invisible, participants can actually see you and your slides.
Unless they can’t.
A teleseminar is easy~ you prepare your content, practice, invite people and speak into your telephone.
A webinar is hard~ you prepare your content, create your slides, practice, add more slides, invite people, delete some slides, figure out the technical piece of broadcasting your webinar, freak out, consider canceling it, enlist the help of anyone on the planet who can help you figure it, take a deep breath and begin your presentation.
My marketing assistant was a HUGE help throughout the process. She and I did a test an hour before, just to make sure everyone could see and hear me. Double thumbs up; we were good to go!
Thirty seconds into the live broadcast, I received this horrifying text from her
In that moment, I was tele-ported back to my first week-long training with Bob Proctor. The great Carol Gates was on stage, teaching on public speaking. She shared the wisdom of the late Bill Gove and told us
“A pro is at their best, regardless.”
Although I was definitely not feeling much like a pro at that point, I knew if I tried to adjust my settings, it would be a disaster. I envisioned agonizing minutes-which-felt-like-HOURS of fumbling, apologizing and sweating, none of which are pro-like. I knew I could re-record it so everyone would be able to see the slides on the replay, and I opted to keep going.
45 minutes later it was over.
I spent the rest of that day and part of the next figuring out what went wrong, re-recording the presentation and sending it out to all the registrants. People were very understanding and I learned a ton. The next time will be a breeze.
The next day I went for my haircut. Because my hairdresser is also an amazing psychic shrink, he knew I wasn’t my self; he said I seemed anxious. So I told him of my webinar woes, complete with dramatic details of this horrific event in my life. He listened intently and seemed genuinely sympathetic to what I had gone through.
And then he said something which immediately shook me back to reality. He said
“At least you didn’t fall off your boat!”
Since I don’t watch the News, I had no idea what he was talking about. So he recounted the story of the x-NFL player who was fishing from his boat, fell overboard, watched his boat cruise away on auto-pilot and proceeded to swim FOR SIXTEEN HOURS back to shore.
Instantly, my “horrific event” became a walk-in-the-park. Although Robert Konrad and I both “worked our butts off” for 16 hours straight that day, my work was play, compared to his work/fight for his life.
Never thought of myself as a drama queen, but I certainly earned my crown that day. Hearing that story and then later watching the video let me see my webinar woes from a different perspective. Did I really use the words “terrifying” and “horrific” to describe my ordeal?
Shame on me! Big whiner! Baby! Wuss!
The great thing about this is we can always use the Law of Relativity and practice comparing our struggles to something worse. We can practice keeping things in perspective, instead of giving more energy to how frustrated we feel. I learned a big lesson from my dramatic antics and I am already looking forward to my next webinar. Just gotta keep swimming.