Clearing up my desk at 4:30, I was a nervous mess. I had the one slide I was presenting printed out, neat handmade notes to go with the slide and yet was so unsure of everything I had on there. No. this was not some client presentation on which $$$ hinged. It was to be a small class discussion in our Economics class about Outsourcing. It was to be graded but that was not what was making me anxious.
Over the years, I have followed the debate on outsourcing through the media and shows like Lou Dobbs. While some comments irritated me, I never felt strongly about it because I never was directly impacted by it. yet, preparing for the presentation, I was amazed and surprised again by how I had conflicting opinions on it. I could not reconcile the differences within me, how was I going to present something that looked convincing?
This is what I learned. Free market works. Yet, the issues associated with it are not black and white. There will always be winners and losers no matter which way you look at it. Unless it is a socialist government, there is a fine line between being protectionist or siding with corporates. More importantly like a wise classmate said a presentation is just a discussion. I am not out there to impress or wow the audience and the audience does not want me to fail either.
As I wrapped up and left the class, my professor said “Good job!” and I was thrilled. I stopped to chat a bit and surprised myself by how strongly I felt about certain issues. Perhaps yesterday was the day Economics went from being vague to something I could actually enjoy?