It was 9 Apr, a beautiful Saturday morning with the weather being warm and I had a cauldron of mixed feelings of anxiety, nervousness, confidence and of course excitement for it was the big day for which Me and my friend had been preparing for last several days. We were to go to NSIT (Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology) as Mozilla speakers for our awareness spreading event; our FIRST EVENT !
I still find it difficult to believe that the journey which began by becoming Mozilla Student Ambassadors and knowing about Mozilla Community reached a stage where we were about to host an event in India’s one of the most premier Engineering Institute. Woof ! That sounds BIG and it was…
We reached there 35 mins before the event start time to interact with our seniors and to know the type of audience we were about to face. Nervousness was flowing in my body like Nile on a plain; after all we were just two sophomores about to give a presentation in front of a crowd of 100 people, which included seniors who were 2 years older than us. But as we reached there, the NSIT seniors greeted us very humbly. And, I must say they were the ones who helped us to calm down. In fact, not only the seniors but everyone there was so friendly that we got familiar with the environment within 10 mins of reaching there. After getting comfortable with the environment and observing our audience, we told them we’ll be ready in 15 mins for the presentation. In next 15 minutes we reviewed our PowerPoint presentation and readied ourselves, which involved putting on the Mozilla Swags (badges, wristbands and Mozilla Clips).
Finally we were before our audience !
“Hi ! I am Anirudh Goel, Junior and Club Lead at Mozilla..”
“and I am Kriti Wadhwa, Student ambassador at Mozilla..”
This is how we started by introducing ourselves and then what happened was absolutely spontaneous. Neither of us both was recalling what we had practiced but we spoke as the people sitting before us were our friends and we were explaining Arithmetic Addition to them, in a completely friendly and confident manner. I admit that we got the anxiety rush a few times in between but maybe it was because that our audience was a GREAT one, we got over it in a few seconds. Having a patience and good audience is a privilege. Our audience respected us and listened very patiently what we tried to make them understand and I guess they’d understand it as when we finished our audience was Happy and we got a great applause.. Finally, goal achieved (Someone gimme a bed now) !
After that the Hack@NSIT Hackthon started, students were distributed Mozilla swags (laptop stickers primarily), the winners were given special Mozilla rewards (wristbands, badges) and the event was finally completed successfully.
I’d end this blog post by adding few things that I learnt from this experience. First would be- Connecting with the audience. This is the most important thing for a great presentation; all the practicing, rehearsing, learning can be in vain if you don’t just connect with your audience. Second would be- Keep working hard. It gave great amount of motivation standing there in front of all those people as a speaker and that was the moment I felt this vibe that Hardwork has its rewards.
Thank you !