The FECEI audience is a fascinating one as there are lots of different styles and concerns under the umbrella of our sector. One thing in common is learning, so you can rely on an attentive, informed group.
For me, deciding that I had stuff I wanted to say which might be interesting to share with my peers was the first step. After actually working as a manager for umpteen years, deciding which things I wanted to extract from my experiences or viewpoints wasn’t so easy! I had to collate stuff into a 45-minute slot in a way that would hopefully be participative and of interest: that actually took me weeks as I did a lot of background reading to support theories. Then there are those horrible few hours before the talk actually happens.. nerves, nerves, nerves! But … what a buzz afterwards! Relief, satisfaction and even a small pat on my own back , probably similar to the endorphin rush after finishing a marathon!