So, I'm supposed to do my talk about growing and cooking Chinese vegetables tomorrow at the Maryland Master Gardener's Annual Training Day. I checked out the brochure and the speakers are published authors, PhDs, lifetime experts in the field, and then...lil' ole me.
I THINK I've put together an informative presentation - I've got a clever title, a powerpoint presentation with some interesting info, a simple cooking demo, handouts, some food to sample, and I'm going to give away the veggies I'm bringing in to show - luffa gourds, long beans, etc. I'm also a ridiculously organized person and have no fear of public speaking. So it could possibly go well.
But here are some things that can go wrong:
- First and foremost, I could have technical difficulties. I'm not technologically-inclined, so this is always a big fear of mine.
- I could be asked a question I can't answer, which would be mortifying.
- Worse yet, I could have a heckler in the crowd.
- My cooking demo could go wrong in a number of horrible ways.
- People could scoff (or worse, be grossed out) at my samples.