What was the experience of telling a story like?
I’ve been privileged (or perhaps unlucky, depending on your perspective!) to tell this story three times – on home turf at an event in Cambridge, at a public lecture at our office in Burlington House, London, and now in New Orleans. Out of all three venues, this last one was the most interesting for me, as the location of the New Orleans aquarium provided a unique setting for the event, although hopefully the audience wasn’t too distracted by beautiful backdrop of fish swimming behind me.
This was also the first time I had been first on the bill, which was a bit daunting, but went well once I got over the initial nerves and the audience laughed at a few of my jokes, but the best aspect was being able to relax afterwards and have the luxury to properly listen to the other speakers’ stories, with some really interesting and moving anecdotes that I would normally have been too nervous to appreciate. Overall, it was a great evening, and I was delighted to be able to tell my story to our members. I hope they enjoyed the event as much as I did!