1. Ok so this could get kinda long-winded so bear with me if you have the patience.
    I started a new job 6 weeks ago as a Person Centred Planning Co-ordinator. Basically facilitating 'planning days' where people with learning disabilities and their families/carers who live in our residential services plan for their futures out of hospital and how they're going to get there.After the planning days I also formulate the information into a 'user friendly' formate using text and pictures. Anyway, I facilitate these days with another guy, I kinda lead the planning and he does the graphic facilitation. Hes been doing the job for 2 years and worked closely with my predecesor. I attended some of their planning days and know them both personally and I know they were a very effective team.
    Tomorrow is our first planning day since I took up post and Im really worried that I wont 'make the grade'. I know I shouldnt be, I was recomended for the job by the previous post holder and my co-facilitator and I know they both have faith in me.
    I've read up all my books, made prompt cards and studied previous plans but I can feel the butterflies starting.
    Any advice on curbing my nerves and getting me through tomorrow in one piece?
  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Don't forget to breathe, stay focused. You know you can do it. Just do it! A little nervousness just might give the edge to be sharp and do an superior job. It shows you care too.

    Good luck!
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    Perhaps a couple of good drinks fust before the meeting will help.

    Just kidding, You will be fine. You may not know everything but if you couldn't "make the grade" you wouldn't have been given the position.
  5. by   gwenith
    Good luck - I am sure you will do fine. Remember though that you are still on a learning curve so if everything is not "perfect" it is still OK OK?
  6. by   CATHYW
    A few deep breaths just before you meet will help relax you. Do what you know you can do (you obviously do it well, or you would not have been endorsed by your predecessor). Best of luck!
  7. by   LauraF, RN
    And most of all try and good a good nights rest tonight. Nothing like starting the day off exhausted. Deep breaths. You will do fine! You have all of us to back you up!
  8. by   angelbear
    You will be fine. A bit of nervousness can be a good thing. It will keep you on your toes and shows that you truely care about the job you do. We are behind you 100%.
  9. by   Mkue
    Good Luck lisamct!
  10. by   aimeee
    Good luck and let us know how it went!
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    You will do a smashing job. Just hang in there, stay focused..and dont' forget to tell us how it went!
  12. by   karenG
    good luck- you will be fine!

  13. by   Whisper
    Best of luck,
  14. by   lisamct
    Thanks all.
    Well Im just home and as you all predicted it went fine. I 'dried up' a few times but my partner bailed me out and I dont think it was noticeable to the people we were planning with. I feel much better now Ive got one under my belt. This is a job I really wanted and Im so glad that it looks like I can actually do it