My First Speaking Experience: Google Photos has reminded me of this day 5 years ago ( August 20 2013). It was the launch of the TobaccoCtrl campaign, a public health campaign I was Project Manager of. We had been planning the launch since June 2013, my bosses gave me all the support I needed at the time, they also allowed me to own the project, I had awesome colleagues too, and they made the whole launch process easy as I was just 3-months into the job.

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Fast forward to the event, I was supposed to make the opening speech as the Project Manager, I remember stuttering and saying ‘eeerrmm’ a lot. My heart was on my chest. I was nervous, it was the first time I would be talking to a crowd of about 150 in my professional career, even though I was doing this as a worker in my fellowship and had the opportunity to be on stage to say one thing or the other back at the university, but this was different.

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Of course, the audience gave me a round of applause at the end of my speech but I knew deep down inside of me that I hadn’t done so well. So after the event, I asked my colleagues and bosses for feedback (I always do this, now). Their feedback was helpful and I resolved to be a better speaker. I have had a lot of speaking engagements and facilitated training and masterclasses since then and I am amazed at the progress I have made and still making.

1. I learnt to always prepare for every speaking engagement like it was my first – (read, research etc)

2. Believe in yourself

3. I have learnt to always stay on my lane (i.e always stay on the topic you are knowledgeable about, even when asked otherwise, re-route your answers to that topic you can conveniently answer without making a fool of yourself.

4. Don’t try to speak ‘BIG BIG grammar off point just to impress the crowd, it doesn’t always end well.

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That said, Do let me know if you would like me to speak at your events or facilitate training and masterclass sessions. I speak and facilitate on topics around technology, digital/new media, brand communications, web service etc. You can reach out to me via my email Lammyng(@)gmail(.)com or simply drop me a message on It won’t be FREE #ThrowbackThursday — view on Instagram