I was nervous, excited, and anxious when I ran and jumped on the stage for my pitch at Venture Atlanta.
I had practiced it about 100 times but I knew one thing. If I could not connect with the audience, the next 6 minutes for everyone in the room would suck.
As I started to talk, I took a look around. I saw a sullen face, I moved on. I saw someone on their phone, I kept looking.
Then I found a smile in the crowd.
There was Jen Bonnett with a huge, glowing smile and a look that she was listening to my every word. I knew I had her support and it boosted my confidence.
Afterward, I felt great about the presentation.
I went to Jen and told her how she had helped. After some kind compliments, she said something I’ll never forget.
“Kyle, that’s why I sit here.”
What? Now how awesome is that?
This was literally the 40th presentation over 2 packed days. Tons of people had left, others were tired, many we’re on their phone not paying attention. I even got a text message saying I needed to liven up the crowd…but here was Jen, in the front row, smiling for presenters & showing them she cared.
That’s just awesome. That’s just something I had to blog about.
Jen showed the ultimate type of attitude that is so necessary in our community. And she exemplified the most valuable lesson in life:
This is just a single reason amongst so many for why I’m excited to have Jen as a leader in the Atlanta Tech community.
Thank you Jen!