Our classroom assistant was my next audience, and that eased my nerves a bit because she was practically one of my peers even though she's in a higher grade. At least she's seen us before, I've seen her, so it wasn't that bad as I thought it would be. She was very respectful as I was presenting, and she was always smiling throughout the entirety of my project. It just lightened my mood slightly, even though I slipped a few times when I spoke. After she was done listening to me present, I had a crowd of three people: one administrator and two parents, which kind of set me on edge. Originally it was supposed to be the one administrator, but two parents came in right before I introduced my Pitch Day topic and asked if I could handle a crowd. I said I could to be polite, and I wanted to challenge myself a bit.
Little did I kmow, that presentation would be a disaster. It wasn't literally that bad, but to me, expecting to get through it without mistakes or forgetting something, was pretty terrible. They were all polite and patient with me though. I was incredibly thankful for their patience and cooperation, and their eyes were on me the entire time. I tried looking each of them in the eye to be polite back, but I think trying to go back and forth between making eye contact was what threw me off. I would look into three pairs of eyes and instantly forget what I was reciting or what I had wanted to say, and I would skip over one or two things. Overall, I would say it was definitely a life changing experience. I want to do another presentation thing, but this time I really want to set my own bounds and limits of where I go, and what I plan to do.