I was recently asked to do a keynote speech at Piedmont Hospital for National Nurse’s Week. Keep in mind, I just lost my job there and this was going to be given after the fact. However, also keep in mind that this is the new career path that I would like to follow and, having never done a keynote speech before, I couldn’t think of a better venue –with all my friends! How could I pass this up?
The theme of the keynote was “Caring for the Caregiver.” You see, nurses are really SUPERHEROES, and we take care of everyone else first, and generally find little time to nurture or take care of ourselves. Because we give everything that we have to others, it is vital that we make it a priority to take care of ourselves —our entire self…body, mind and spirit!
The audience that day was about 70 people, all nursing personnel, and most of them I knew. They could relate- they laughed, some cried a little, and on one occassion , they even finished my sentence. In the end, I had great reviews.
The speech was videotaped, and interesting — I found it very difficult to watch it once I was home. In fact, it was almost three weeks later when I finally had the courage to look at it! I was afraid that it really hadn’t been that good, that people had just told me they had enjoyed it because that was the polite thing to tell your friend! Of course, I was looking for all the flaws and all the things I could have done better. What I found, though, was a very pleasant surprise! I found that it really was pretty good! The stories were funny and relevant; I looked comfortable and didn’t forget what I was going to say, and if I changed up the wording a little, well, who knew? I was actually pretty proud of the speech! YEAH ME!! YEAH ME!!
And… YEAH to ALL Nurses, because we truly are SUPERHEROES!!!
Give yourself PERMISSION to pat yourself on the back for a job well done! We all deserve to say YEAH ME!
Great things are waiting!