I've been preparing this speech for about 3 weeks - the photographs to show, the speech and now the actual words.
The topic is UK Volunteer Work - what people in the UK do, how it is different from Japan etc and of course, what I did and do now.
But! In Japanese! Doing a speech in another language is scary. I can talk in everyday life in Japanese, to friends and students and I can do things like shopping and hospital visits. But a formal speech in a room of polite ladies? All looking at ME?
This afternoon I spent time with a Japanese friend, giving her sections of the speech and checking what vocabulary to use - making sure I am saying big numbers correctly.
I've done some stressful things in Japanese - TV interviews, radio interviews and interpretation BRitish football fans arrested by for Hokkaido Police during the FIFA World Cup.
But this speech is making more nervous. A room of quiet people, all focusing on me and my words.
I'm sure Inner Wheel members are friendly etc. But still.....nervous.