By the time I started the preparations for my trip, I was too bugged done with stress to remain in awe. By the time I got there, some people kept introducing me to different top officials as the person who would open the conference on the last day. Let's just say, by the time my day came, the momentum had already built up, and everyone was eagerly anticipating what I would do, but I refused to allow this pressure to overwhelm me.
It did not help matters that I was sort of an experiment. I was brought in to do something that had never ever been done before. So they kept telling me they were really counting on me to change the whole dynamics of the meeting. Still, I didn't let the pressure get me.
I met different people all over the world including, HIV positive people, openly gay people, the high and mighty, people that actually change and influence world policies, AKA the United Nations Delegates.
It was a 3-day conference. On the first two days, the UN delegates took the front seat, while my generation sat behind them. On the last day, the older delegates were seated at the back, while we took the forefront. Everyone expected the last day to be more interesting, and I was the person to do this.
Here are points that were constantly drummed into my ears
1. Try not be too fast. Slow down for them. You have to be cautious of your speed, so everyone would hear you.
2. We are counting on you to shock the audience, by doing something different
3. We are counting you to wake the sleeping audience.
So what happened on the D-Day? I will share that story next week. In the mean time, enjoy some of the pictures. I took loads, but I could just share few.
|That place is a freaking freezer. Froze my smile|
|Did I mention that that place is a freaking freezer? |
See how the fog descended
|In front of the WHO Head Office in Geneva|
|A cross section of the conference room we used. |
It is actually bigger than this, but I can only capture
one side at a time
|My iPad did not do justice to the beautiful |
view from the ceiling
|We were prepping for our D-Day|
|I was being prepped for the dry run of my presentation |
the night before
|Dry run. As dressed as I am, I was the most scantily dressed.|