Monday, November 03, 2008

Guest speaker extraordinaire

Okay, that may be taking things a tad too far but I did it!

I actually got up in front of 200 plus people and discussed the life of a romance author and the wonderful world of Mills and Boon.

From the number of people who came up to me afterwards and said it was fantastic and inspiring and fabulous, I reckon I did okay ;)

The day was all the better because I got to catch up with a bunch of old friends.
I nattered almost the whole way of the longish drive with my oldest school friend (she was meant to do the talking so I could save my voice but somehow-as usual apparently!-I ended up doing most of the talking. Jenny said I always liked to tell a good story at school...)

When I arrived, I was interviewed by the Great Southern Star newspaper with loads of happy snaps and caught up with Mel, a writing buddy from way back.
Then onto lunch where a bunch of my uni mates formed a table to support me. How great is that?

So more nattering with Teresa (who roped me into this in the first place, thanks T!), Mary and Leanne, before I did my thing on the stage, followed by devouring the cakes. Oh boy, the cakes...quite simply, a highlight of the day!

I signed books, chatted some more, was barrel girl for the raffle and was presented with a stunning box of flowers and a L'Oreal gift pack (the sponsors of the day.)

There were Victoria and Melbourne representatives of the MS society at the lunch and I'm sure they would've been blown away by the attendance.

A great time was had by all (oh, and the frock and shoes were a hit too!)


Lois said...

Just loved all the pictures -- and see, we knew you'd do fine! :)


Kimberly Lang said...

You looked fab! Sounds like a fun day.

Gina said...

loved the dress, you are really brave to speak in front of so many. Last time l tried to present in front of 30 people in class, I froze and l could not speak

Natalie Anderson said...

FABULOUS Nic - well done you - and you look GORGEOUS!!! :) :) :)
V much the glam author - so glad you enjoyed it and that it went well.

Hope the revs are coming along now - so looking forward to hearing about that one when you can... seems to have the scent of exciting things!!!


Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks Lois, Kim, Gina and Nat.

You're all too kind :)

Anonymous said...

Nic you looked absolutely gorgeous!

Can I have your outfit?

It's the most amazing shade of blue! Honestly it would be no hardship at all to take it off your hands :)

Fabulous taste!

Here's to the next 200 plus people having their socks knocked off!


Kate Hardy said...

Well done, Nic - and you look fabulous. (I might have to pinch your shoes for a heroine... *g*)

Hope your littlie's conjunctivitis is improved, and good luck with the revisions.
Kate x

Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks Nikki :)

Must admit, I felt rather fab in it!

Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks Kate :)

The shoes were stilettos (I never wear stilettos) but surprisingly comfortable.
Cobalt blue satin rather indulgent as I won't wear them every day but they did look nice :)

Barb said...

I'm sure the dress and the shoes were a huge hit, Nic. you look gorgeous. Well done!

Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks Barb :)

Michelle Douglas said...

Oh, Nic, you looked so gorgeous. I'm in awe - public speaking scares the pants off me - but you looked so comfortable and at ease. Well done!

Dena said...

You look soooo pretty, definitely ready for battle. I'm so happy your speech went well. I knew you were nervous but I had faith in you.

Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks Michelle and Dena :)

Nicola Marsh said...

Forgot to say, Dena, you're right about being dressed for battle.

The dress definitely helped boost my confidence :)

Monique Wood said...

The dress is lovely. Glad it went well :-)

Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks Monique.
I felt pretty fab in it :)