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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: Sink or Swim
By Genstacia Bull
07/26/07


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Lucy wished the floor would open and swallow her up. She had spent all week preparing for this moment. Her eyes darted the room in panic there was so much hanging in the balance. The silence was almost eerie all she could hear was the faint sound of the air condition blowing wind into the Victorian boardroom, which now felt chillier than it should be. She realised that her black suede high shoes was not the most sensible choice even though it went well with her suit to give her the corporate look. A pair of twenty eyes peered into her waiting expectantly for her to deliver.

Her thoughts rushed back to the Mr Bracknell, who believed in her and gave her the chance to clinch this deal for the company. She visualised the smirk on her colleagues Joe’s face if she failed, and then thought about the commission she so needed for her baby’s eye operation. She quickly strapped up her thoughts and told herself failure was not even an option she needs to make a quick comeback from her stage fright. She willed herself to remember the rest of her presentation.

She tucked her stomach in and took a deep breath and cleared her throat. Her mind was still blank and the flash cards looked a bit blurred. She decided to go for the kill and speak from her heart. “Ladies and Gentlemen imagine that you were caught in a sea without a lifejacket with no other boats in sight to rescue you, there are only two outcomes you would either swim or sink.” She wiped her hand on her skirt. Her audience leaned moved forward with puzzled looks on their faces. She immediately recalled her sales pitch and continued with the analogy of 'caught without a life jacket' to sell insurance to the company directors.


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Martha Ford07/26/07
You described the viseral feelings associated with publically presenting yourself very well, especially when your career depends on the outcome. Thank you.
Janice Cartwright07/26/07
Ahem! Was her boss Mr. Wiggins perhaps? When God wired this lady's brain He must have been thinking of Christmas lights.