Today I gave my presentation at Chapter 3 (part of E-Week from Communitech) and it went off beautifully. I am relieved, satisfied and still a little perplexed about my selected to be the introductory speaker at the event. To put it into context, I was invited to be the first of three speakers. The second speaker was Lucas Skoczkowski of RedKnee?third was Kaliel Tuzman of Startup.com fame. For those who don’t know, Lucas is the founder and CEO of RedKnee, a $40M company that’s on track to become a $1B company in the near future. He was recognized as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and his company is one of Deloiite’s Fast 50 as well as being one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. Kaliel Tuzman was the man behind GovWorks.com, a dot-com company backed by $60M, before the bubble and sold for $0.10 on the dollar after the burst.
Then there was me.
It was interesting speaking before these two, because although I don’t have the history or experience of either of them, I do have the perspective of running a company that’s struggling through starting and growing in Waterloo Region – and the target audience was new and aspiring Entrepreneurs, so it was very applicable.
My talk went off without a hitch. I didn’t have the time to polish off my genstures or pacing, but the oration went well and I did recieve a lot of positive feedback afterwards. I’m hoping that this event leads to future speaking engagements, not just because I like talking (*grin*) but because I think it also supports the credibility of the organizations I support.