Talking Water Drops

Once, I was asked to give a talk and people from all over the state came. People from other states came. They had to move us into the chapel because so many people came.

I was scheduled to talk for 50 minutes.

Excepting they told me this on one of my first phone calls ever, and I heard 15 minutes.

So people drove three or four hours for a fifteen minute talk.

I felt terrible.

Tonight, I knew the fireside talk was scheduled for 50 minutes.

I also knew I was asked to squeeze in more of an outline, for BYU to record it.

It was a disaster!

I mean, the content was legit. I worked on it for about five hours a day for the last six weeks. It was wild getting five talks done at once, and figuring out which talk this one would become. I tried hard, though.

But the presentation itself was a hilarious mess.

We had the wrong cords for my laptop, and then my computer restarted itself to update – twice!

I spit my cough drop out halfway through, which was embarrassing even if I did manage to catch it.

Then, for the big finale, I knocked my water over all over the podium and table!

So humiliating.

Or, humbling, like so many experiences the last three years, with nothing to do but just keep going.

The talk will be better when it’s divided up into four talks, but I will still post some of it here (tomorrow) to share what I presented and what I learned.

You can spit your own cough drops out at passing strangers, or throw a glass of water on your keyboard, but at least you will have some references to dig about and learn from a little.

So enjoy, to it’s fullest.

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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