A lonely table
A few years ago I had to give a speech about Inkling, the company I co-founded, and what prediction markets were all about. I’ve given talks on stage before, and I practiced this one at home at least two dozen times.
There were other speakers and after our talks we were supposed to stand at these tables, off to the side at this networking event, and answer any follow-up questions people had.
I gave my speech to a hundred or so people and thought it went fine. Then, I went and stood at my table.
No one ever came over.
That sucked. It’s not a pleasant feeling, pouring yourself into something you care very much about, and no one shares any interest.
It didn’t seem like it was because I was generally poor at public speaking. In high-school I was in a public speaking club and even won awards at it. I’m a trained actor too. I’ve gotten some nice compliments...
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