My Not So Shining Moment…

Cecilia Wessinger
3 min readNov 19, 2021

Have you ever had one of those moments?

When it’s game day and you didn’t show up in peak performance?

I had one earlier this week, unfortunately for me, it was a national event.

I could blame it on being overbooked. I could say there was a lot going on and I had come out of a few rough conversations preceding… Perhaps I was overpreparing and trying to cram too much into a short spot, regardless, it was on me. Bascially, I was like I was invited to a weekend at the beach and packed for a week of skiing.

A couple of nights tossing and turning, with 20/20 hindsight, playing it over in my head and rethinking what I could have done better. Even in the moment, I knew, but couldn’t seem to stop. I was hosting a 4 hour workshop in what was supposed to be a 30 min fireside chat.

Why am I sharing this?

I want to acknowledge to the cool people who were involved in hosting a very important event to say sorry I didn’t deliver.

I am putting this out there so when something like this happens to you (and I hope it doesn’t, but it likely will), no matter how knowledgeable, prepared, experienced and well intentioned you are- sometimes you’re going to swing and miss.

It’s a reminder to give yourself/ myself some grace and remind me, when this happens around me, to offer others the same grace.

I work with entrepreneurs and startups, we champion the idea of failing forward. I cannot encourage them to do so without owning this experience. Far too often, we advise people to do as I say, not as I do.

*Also to have a more thought out response to the person who posted a question and I couldn’t follow up because it was anonymous, hopefully they will see it.

Here’s the question:

This presentation is relevant and interesting, but I’ll pose a challenge to the “business case”: China is essentially a mono-racial society practicing traditional values. Why are they so successful?

In response I mentioned the density of China’s market and purchase power. (they are slated to be the world’s largest single market economy by 2050). What I did not clearly articulate was the preferential market system…

Cecilia Wessinger

Community & Ecosystem Builder, Collaborator, Catalyst, Speaker/ Facilitator. Lover of words, ideas and people.