I write stories for a living. I do that because I’m better at writing than I am at speaking. Much better, and it’s not that I’m bragging about my writing ability here. It’s that I’m trying to explain just how horrible I am at public speaking. Ugh. I get nervous and can’t remember what I want to say. And I feel like I lose all sense of my body and end up looking like the hunchback of Notre Dame.
So where was my head when I agreed to do not one, but TWO speaking engagements this month? The easy one is introducing a beloved author, Sheila Roberts, at a local reader’s club I belong to. Sheila’s stories are great and she’s such a wonderful personality that introducing her should be a no-brainer. She makes it easy.
But the other one is a workshop on using Microsoft Excel that I’m giving to my local writer’s group. I love Excel and use it for a lot of things. And, while I am not an expert in it, I’m fairly proficient. So it should be a no brainer, but I’ve been angsting over it for the past month. I’m ready…I’ve got a whole slide presentation, know my plan, and have hopefully tried to make it interesting. But I’m still nervous.
So I’m writing this blog early, and below are my thoughts after finished my workshop and author introduction. I hope I get to write that both endeavors were very successful. 🙂
Addendum 1: Well, the tough one is over. I did the Excel workshop. And yes, I got hives. And yes, my voice shook some of the time. But, thankfully, my mind didn’t go blank. (That happens to me a lot when I’m nervous.) So I guess, by how pleased people were, that I sounded somewhat intelligent and helped them to learn something. Whew! It’s going to be a few years before I take something like that on again, if ever, but I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it.
Onward ho…the reader’s group is next…
Addendum 2: Yep, done with this one, too. And I did okay. Of course, introducing author Sheila Roberts is easy. She’s wonderful. But I, once again, did not go blank. Well, maybe one little time.
So I guess this means I should do this more regularly and I’ll get used to it.
Not going to happen, folks. NosireeBob. I like my little world of fear and plan to stay well-mired in it, at least as far as public speaking goes. I climbed out of my shell and did it, but nothing habit-forming will be happening here. Lol
How about you? Do you like to public speak?