I always get nervous when I attend big corporate events. Especially if the people I am to meet and interact with are high profile individuals. I get nervous about what to wear, what to say, how much to eat and drink…everything!
This brings to mind one special summer evening. It was the day I was to launch my book. I thought a lot about how I was going to get through the event without drawing too much attention to myself. That was of course impossible since the night would be about me and my new book. How then could I possibly dodge getting attention when I was the reason for everyone’s attendance? It was a very important night for me. I needed everything to go perfectly. Keep in mind that I am that person who is always at peace with solitude and a computer as my best allies. To say that I was nervous is, in fact, an understatement.
I settled on wearing a strapless bandage dress that I had bought but never had occasion to wear it. I even tried to convince myself that maybe I had bought the dress subconsciously for this special night. The dress accentuated my curves. The bust fit perfectly too – I was careful about the bust because being strapless, an ill-fitting bust meant high chances of wardrobe malfunction around this area What’s more, the dress looked good on me. I looked good and in turn, I felt good about myself. I even dared myself to have the perfect book launch just as I had imagined. That is exactly what I did. I was in a room full of scribes and intellectuals, and at no time did I feel inadequate.
By talking to as many people as possible, I made connections and managed to sell a lot of signed books. You might ask yourself, was it all really the dress? The answer is no I do not peg the success of that evening solely on the dress. Of course there were event planners, key speakers, the people in attendance, not forgetting the Book itself…but at some point I wondered; what was this feeling I had that was so new? What was it that made me feel so different? Then it clicked. The strapless bandage dress made me feel like a winner. And once I felt it, I started acting like one and rightfully so too. I mean, I had just launched a book!