Well this was the second Worcester Soup and it was held at the STARS centre and I was fortunate enough to do a pitch for the recycled crafts project. I met with Bruce Simpson and Christine Clarke who put the Soup together and helped me write my pitch. I was so nervous about getting up and talking in front of an audience, its one of my biggest fears. On the day, I arrived extra early to prepare and feel for the layout of the room, soon enough people started to arrive and I had a chance to meet the three other people pitching.
Thankfully I knew someone there, Tony and Rod who are volunteer’s for transition Worcester, an organisation Roots work closely with and also Amanda from café bliss. I sat with them and they gave me some kind words of support. I listened to the first two pitches and I started to shake and got more nervous and felt like just leaving, then Bruce called my name, I took a deep breath and walked up to the front of the room.
I took one look at the audience and introduced myself and then just buried myself in to my notes and begun to speak into the microphone, I told them about the project and the benefits and also about my story, about my anxiety and how the Project helped me. The four minutes seemed to go faster then I imagined and as I looked back up I could see everybody smiling back at me and It gave me a boost in confidence! After it was all over everybody headed over to get there soup, made by Amanda. I felt like a celebrity walking to the bathroom, people stopping me and surrounding me, shaking my hands, taps on the back and they all said how well I had done and how they admired me.
I made some interesting contacts for the crafts and even a few people interested in volunteering with us. The lady who won the first Soup came to talk about what she had done since with the money and then we had some people from St Paul’s hostel read us some poems. Unfortunately we didn’t win but christine told me it was very close between myself and the winner. I went away feeling much better after achieving a personnel goal and meeting new contacts for Roots.
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