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Afraid of the first time

Fortunately, Laura had a window seat on the train to Frankfurt and it was a beautiful autumn weather. The sun was shining and the nature presented itself in colorful colors. Laura sat comfortably and relaxed in her comfortable seat and peered through the window. Outside, the Westerwald rushed by. Luckily, the train had not been running too fast, so she could enjoy the landscape of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Laura smiled and her heart felt a little warm. She hadn't been here in her home country for a long time. But she immediately felt transported back to her childhood in Rhineland-Palatinate. At the front of the carriage, the glass door opened and a young conductor came in with a narrow trolley to provide the passengers with food and drink. Because today she has to have one for the first time Lecture hold.

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"Coffee?" asked the friendly man in the obligatory dark blue uniform and bright red tie. "No thanks!” Laura replied. "I'm awake enough." The Boy Man walked on, but the smell of fresh coffee lingered in Laura's area for a while. Somehow it smelled delicious, but she really couldn't bring anything down because her nervousness increased with every kilometer that the train approached the Hessian metropolis. Laura hadn't had one all night Eye closed, she was so busy with her big performance.

And she'd had that in her mind's eye all night: she'd seen herself standing on the stage in front of the auditorium just waiting to take her with her Ask to bomb. With questions that she might not be able to answer because everything she could provide on the subject was already on the slides of the presentation.

Like a cornered soldier

She had seen herself as a cornered soldier who had already used up all his ammunition and was now vulnerable to the enemy. She was all alone up there on the stage, in front of around 600 experts from all over the world Welt, sweating, with a frog in his throat. Laura had literally already felt her blush and how everyone had pounced on her.

These images had repeated themselves constantly in her mind's eye and robbed her of all sleep. Laura had been tossing and turning in a sweat all night. She was just panicking Anxiety before closing her face on her first appearance in the specialist community verlieren. When her alarm clock rang in the early morning, it hadn't roused her from her sleep. No, he had freed her from this film that had been playing in her mind's eye all night. She wasn't much better now. Laura did everything she could to hide her condition, because even here on the train that annoying film with the many ugly pictures of her failure started to play. She tried to distract herself, kept looking outside at the beautiful landscape. But none of that helped:

Laura's hands were damp, on their chest lay a heavy stone. And she had the oppressive feeling that all the other passengers in the compartment noticed that. In every friendly smile she caught from someone walking through the wagon, Laura saw a derogatory grimace of malicious glee, sometimes paired with a bit of pity for a certain loser who was going into battle without a chance.

A study with no result

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The whole misery started with one eMail their Professors: “Enclosed is the invitation to tender for an interesting and important conference. We absolutely have to take part in order to bring a new topic for our institute to the public. Please log in and present yourself. " Laura had no idea what to do there. “We're not doing anything in this area,” she thought. Well, there were certainly a few ideas for one or the other research assignment, but so far no results. How should you give a full talk about it? And that too?

"Because we are not yet on the subject, we just have to show ourselves in public," had Professor Cornelius said lightly to her when she asked him about his request. "Great," Laura had grumbled, "he has light talk. It's against everyone Regulate good scientific practice when you do something like that.” But she couldn't tell him that. So Laura sat down and did her research. She had worked diligently and tinkered for days on her lecture, with which she could make a virtue out of necessity. In other words: how the existing results of the working group could be used for the new topic of the conference.

Science or Self Promotion?

By the time Laura had finished reading and correcting her presentation several times, one thing had become clear to her: what lay ahead was a publicity presentation for her institute. Like Maggi's 'five-minute terrine' – great Idea! “Buy: brand new, without new content, but in a maxi pack!” Laura would never have handed it in as a master's thesis, she would never have dared to do it. Professor Cornelius would have ripped that thing around her ears. Laura was sure of that.

When the train stopped in Frankfurt am Main and she alighted in the familiar station, the joy of her arrival in Frankfurt helped her to distract herself, and she thought she had her nerves under control. However, when she entered the nearby exhibition hall, her pulse accelerated again, the moisture on her hands increased and the perspiration became as active as indoor cycling in her fitness center. No wonder: The huge lecture hall was packed.

The fear of the audience

Laura had never spoken to so many people before. Especially not in English, which had been a bit rusty for her in the past few years. And then she had to wait a while until it was her turn. It got worse with each of the previous speakers. When the discussion leader finally announced her, her nerves were finally on edge. As if in a trance, Laura climbed the stairs to the stage. Fortunately, the headlights were dazzling because she couldn't see the many listeners who were waiting eagerly for her lecture.

"Ladies and gentlemen," Laura began hers Rede. Miraculously her nervousness dissipated after a few minutes. Actors are also known to get stage fright fast down once the curtain has risen. The waiting is the worst.

At the end of stage fright

It was the same with Laura. Her English wasn't a problem either, and she handled her presentation fairly professionally. When Laura checked her watch every now and then, she found that she had recited faster than when she was practicing at home. So it was finished much earlier than planned. The little bit of nervousness that was left completely passed when Laura received thunderous applause.

In that moment she felt free, relieved and just great. The many listeners applauded enthusiastically! Not only that! Since there was still some time, the moderator allowed questions from the audience. The experts asked a lot and Laura, now exceedingly confident and really in a good mood, enjoyed it very much. She answered all questions in a highly professional manner and to the satisfaction of the audience. “Thank you very much for this extraordinarily concise lecture, Ms. Schilberg,” praised the discussion leader as he said goodbye to Laura with further applause. "As you can see, ladies and gentlemen, you can arouse a lot of interest with a short and crisp presentation."

Enjoy the success

Laura enjoyed hers Success. Rightly so! As she walked off the stage and settled into her seat in the front row, she felt incredibly good. Just great! The heavy weight of nervousness and fear fell off her like a millstone. The adrenaline had worn off, and now the fatigue from the last sleepless night was making itself felt. Laura had a headache, but that didn't matter. She had done her job well. That was all that mattered. She had not made a fool of herself, but achieved the exact opposite. And while Laura sat there lost in thought, someone patted her shoulder from behind.

"Excuse me if I'm just addressing you, Mrs. Schilberg," said a prominent male voice. Laura turned to see a handsome, graying gentleman behind her. A well-groomed appearance in a dark blue suit. "Oh please!" Laura replied. The attractive, approximately 60-year-old gentleman made quite an impression on the young woman. “My name is Stieglitz!” he introduced himself.

Off to new shores and destinations

“Your presentation was just great! Would you have a short time for me during the coffee break? " Of course, a young, cosmopolitan woman like Laura Schilberg could not and would not refuse the offer of such an elegant gentleman. So she met Mr. Stieglitz for coffee. This date was going to be very important for Laura. She received an invitation from the Leibnitz Institute to give the same lecture again at an exclusive conference. Of course Laura accepted. For the first time in her life she was an invited guest speaker.

Food and lodging as well as travel expenses of course free. Not bad! Laura Schilberg was the only doctoral candidate to join Professorand experienced scientists spoke. Laura noticed, however, already at the thought of the next lecture, that in spite of all the confirmation again ungainly feelings rose in her. What could she do about it?

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