My speaking date is almost upon me

My Lion’s Club speech is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. 40 hours away. When I talked to Dad today he said, “I know you’ll make me proud of you.” Great, but…pressure, people. Pressure.

The only preparation I’ve done so far is to make a list of MPs that I’ll use as kind of a sample of various types of cases that appear on Charley often: a teen runaway, a baby taken by a stranger, a family abduction, an old man with Alzheimer’s who wandered from a nursing home, a woman with mental illness who’s apparently been drifting up and down the eastern seaboard since her 1994 disappearance, a young woman who obviously met with foul play but at whose hands no one knows, etc.

“You’re the expert,” Michael said when I told him about my apprehension. “What do you want them to know?” I thought for awhile and said I wanted them to know what sort of thing the Charley Project was and what it wasn’t, and also the facts and the common misconceptions about people who are missing. “So tell them,” he said.

10 thoughts on “My speaking date is almost upon me

  1. M86 March 22, 2015 / 12:20 am

    Awesome. You’ll do fine! You’re articulate and very knowledgeable… Like Michael said, an expert.

  2. Christine March 22, 2015 / 12:39 am

    When you get there, your anxiety will melt away and you will DO IT! Don’t think so hard about before hand because you are an expert and you words and knowledge will flow and it will be amazing! You are amazing!!!!!

  3. HennyLee March 22, 2015 / 3:23 am

    You will do great!! “Pressure” now when thinking about it… But you are so knowledgeable on the subject once you start speaking it’s just going to flow out of you!! Best of luck… Be sure and tell us all about it! 😊

  4. Cattt March 22, 2015 / 6:46 am

    Good luck! And don’t say “umm” or “uhh” … lol!

  5. Lauren March 22, 2015 / 10:05 am

    They are so lucky to get to hear you speak about Charley. There is so much fascinating information and you are very knowledgable. Who knows, you may end up with a few more regular followers on this blog :). Best wishes, and good luck!

  6. schmoops March 22, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    Leave lots of time for questions and answers. Your work is fascinating. I bet the questions will fill a lot of time and I always think that’s better for everyone than a long speech (not that you wouldn’t do a good speech 🙂

  7. Bill Baraby March 23, 2015 / 8:56 am

    You got this Meaghan! This is your show, you own this!!!!

    Bill

  8. Angie March 23, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Out of curiosity, which case is the “woman with mental illness who’s apparently been drifting up and down the eastern seaboard since her 1994 disappearance”?

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