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Last Tuesday I did something I never thought I would do. Don’t worry, Keeper Hubby is safe.
I gave a speech. In public. In front of people, dontcha know.
I had the privilege of giving a presentation on blogging strategies to the Tulsa Night Writers, a great group of local writers. It was well-received and I was happy to be helpful to others with some of the tips I’ve learned while blogging.
Why is this so groundbreaking, you say? I don’t normally do well in front of people. I am an introvert by nature and deal with social anxiety and panic issues. I’d rather hear that horrible fingernails on the blackboard noise blaring out of a loudspeaker or eat lima beans than be with large groups of people, let alone be the focus of attention of said group. But the mantra of my life for the last few years has been to ‘do it afraid’. Life is too short to not at least try.
If you’re a major introvert like me, why should you push past your comfort zone and consider public speaking? Linda Apple, author of a great little gem of a book called Connect! A Simple Guide to Public Speaking for Writers, says there are four reasons for writers to consider public speaking:
- build a platform
- enhance marketing
- provide opportunities for personal enrichment
- allow writers to give back
I don’t have a published book to promote (yet) but I did have helpful information to offer other writers. I was personally enriched by knocking that fear down a notch or two and it’s another accomplishment I can add to my platform. I highly recommend this book. Linda covers all the bases for writers wanting to get public speaking experience even down to tips for avoiding wardrobe malfunctions!
Want more motivation to try public speaking?
I don’t think I’d want to hit the campaign trail (too much brain freeze and foot-in-mouth disease possible 😉 ) but I’m glad I proved to myself I could speak in public.