Last week I had some major flashbacks this afternoon as I approached the Northeastern campus. I was invited to speak on innovation in nursing and healthcare to graduate nursing students. I’ve done this annually for the last several years.
As I approached the classroom, I had memories of rushing to class two nights a week for 4 years after being at work all day. I used to park in this garage as I would rush to make it to class on time.
I then spoke for 2 1/2 hours straight tonight 😳🤣.
As I left, I remembered how much I greatly disliked speaking in front of a class 10+ years ago.
I’d stress about it all day.
My knee caps would shake while I tried to remember what I wrote on my notecards.
I wouldn’t think about anything else but the fact I needed to do that for about 5 minutes, 10 at most.
Now I enjoy it and find it one of the fun parts of my job.
While I’m talking, I don’t think about anything else going on in my day. I make fun of myself and laugh about it. Most importantly, I hope the students think differently as they leave about the opportunities that might catch them by surprise at some point in their career.
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