I gave a presentation at a small conference this weekend on an idea I have for trying to solve a really cool problem. The presentation went really well and conversations with other people at the conference helped me refine the idea and make me more confident about pursuing it. So the informal questions and discussion were great.
But the formal, in-front-of-everyone questions part of the presentation was kind of a disaster. Professor Scary Awesome asked me a question that I’d never thought about before. I initially thought I knew how to answer it. Then I figured out very quickly that I actually had no clue. And then I found myself thinking out loud instead of stopping and saying, “Actually, I’m really not sure. I need to think about that.”