So I booked the venue, invited the people, chose the theme and booked the entertainment. I thought it would be fun and easy but it was a lot more hard work than that.
The theme I went for was James Bond, lots of films to choose from and hours scrolling through pintrest gave me plenty of ideas to make the centre pieces.
I invited all my friends from work and they got some of our clients involved to attend on the night. I sent letter and emails to lots of companies to help with donations for my raffle and auction and received a very good response.
So after all the planning, hours of work, time and effort, the night finally arrived. Everything was at the venue ready for me to set up. All I had to do was set up the room, great people as they arrived, say a big thank you to all for attending and have a good time...Right??? Well so I thought. The night before came and I was like a kid a Christmas, excited but nervous and couldn't sleep. Then I woke at 5.30am worrying about the speech!
So, I went and got my hair done, went and set the venue up and got myself ready...
A couple of glasses of prosecco while greeting everyone, to help me relax! Then came the time for my speech. I had it all wrote down what I needed to remember to say etc, but that didn't go to plan. I was very nervous, and didn't want to look like I was reading from a sheet of paper (even though I needed to!!) I started off OK and then my voice started shaking, I had 100 people looking at me! I told them all I was nervous and they all cheered me on, told me was doing well, which embarrassed me a bit but it helped me overcome my ear, finish the rest of my speech and I was able to enjoy the night. I had some more speaking to do for the auction later on but I had got the hard part out of the way.
My friends and colleagues helped me through it and it helped by me addressing that I was nervous and that my voice was shaking. It helps to not ignore it and laugh it out and have people help you through it. I have no doubt that will be nervous the next time I have too speak in front of a large group of people but it will get easier and I will have ore confidence next time. The event was a huge success, everyone had a great time and we raised over £1500 for charity!
Event was held at Ribby Hall Village. If you would like a more detailed post on the organisation leave a comment :)
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