I was asked a few months back to prepare for and present a "booster" on local taxes. The Big Day is this coming Friday (April 6) and I'm just now starting to get butterflies.
I have prepared a 40+ slide Power Point, complete with screen shots and some "pop quizzes" (a few random Q&A pieces in an attempt to keep people interested and focused because the subject matter is so dry). I feel comfortable with the LiveMeeting / Placeware setting as well as the Global Crossing telephone conference piece.
I sent out the invitation to the regional department (some 45+ people) yesterday and ultimately, probably about 25-30 will actually attend. Of the responses I've received thus far, my boss and his boss will be attending.
These boosters (which is just a funky way of saying "training class") are usually presented by the Tech Support folks - the people all the rest of us go to for answers, the people who've done every job within the department, the people who know the systems and issues backwards & forwards, inside & out.
I will be the first non-tech-support person to present a booster to the team. I've presented such boosters previously but to a much smaller team. I was previously a team lead (the company's equivalent of a supervisor) of five before taking this 'lateral' transfer into a position that has given me a much wider exposure to the products we sell, setup and service. I am new to this broader scope of products but the tax piece (the subject matter of the booster) was a daily part of my life the past 3 yrs with the company.
Part of me still feels that everyone on the call will know more than I do. I expressed concern about the more intricate aspects of the subject matter to one of the tech support people and she told me: "Just remember that you know more about the subject matter than anyone else on the call."
I just find that impossible to believe. I'm freaking out that I'm going to have a barrage of questions thrown at me that I'll have no idea how to answer and I'll end up looking like a complete fool who had no business thinking she knew anything about local taxes!
I know - just nerves, probably. But meanwhile, I need to shore up my reserves and head into the booster with a sense of confidence and purpose.
I just have no idea about how to get there from here! Ideas, tips, suggestions?