Monday, May 09, 2011
The trip went great! I was SO nervous prior to getting on the plane to Denver, but once I got to Colorado Springs, I was good. Of course, the Adivan probably helped.
Since I had a few hours before my presentation, I took advantage of the hotel's fitness center and spent an hour on their elliptical. Then took a shower and got dressed for the presentation. I still had about 2 1/2 hours to wait, and some of the reps took me out to lunch at "The Black-Eyed Pea." I had the spinach salad. It was so good, but way too large of a salad for me!
After lunch, I went back to my hotel room and went through the material for the last time. I honestly lost track of time and didn't go down to "mingle" with the reps before the presentation. Oops. I guess it didn't really matter much, as I got the call from the head rep that they were ready for me, so I gathered the material and headed down.
When I got to the meeting room, the door was closed so I opened the door and started in when every one of the reps in the room stood on their feet and gave me a standing ovation! I was stunned! Something I did not expect at all!! Then I find out why....the head rep said that I was brave to come all the way out to Colorado Springs to present at the seminar as a supervisor for the first time in my career, when last year two of my co workers went and presented together, one of them is seasoned in these presentations but it was the other co worker's first time and so they did the presentation together.
The presentation itself went really well. I took my time going through every item they needed to know and let them ask questions as I went. Some of the questions I was able to answer right there, but there were a few that I asked them to email me so that I could research and get the answers for them. I wasn't nervous at all during the whole presentation. I still can't believe I made it through without a problem! And I have no idea how long it took me to get through it all. All I know is that when I finished they applauded me again, then it seemed like everyone of them came up to congratulate me on a job well done! It really meant a lot to me to get the support of these reps for my first seminar!
It also meant a lot that the head rep, who had already been to 3 of these seminars in different parts of the country, said that I did a really good job also!
Today, being the first day back to work, I received several calls from some of the reps that had been there telling me how great a job I did! Today was a good day! Even my manager received calls about how well I did! Did I already say that today was a good day?!