I had to make a presentation during church service at Glen Innes in Auckland today.
I don't usually have stage fright or a particular problem with speaking in public, but today proved to be slightly difficult.
I had to speak in Chinese. To a congregation mostly from China.
Imagine a 26 year old with a Chinese vocabulary of a 10 year old telling a congregation of fluent Chinese speakers how they can reduce at-risk behaviour among young people.
There were plenty of sheepish smiles, uncomfortable fidgets and awkward moments.
It really was highly embarrassing. Especially with the fact that I needed someone to sit in the front pew and prompt me whenever my brain failed and I was only able to say what I want in English.
I will be struggling along in Chinese and then start going, "....er, develop a significant relationship"
Thereupon which the lady in the front pew would whisper the Chinese interpretation.
That went on for several words and phrases.
Thank goodness the presentation only lasted about 10 minutes.