Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Life List Day 86 - Go Hands-Free

I once threw up the night before a three-minute speech because I was so nervous.

Doing book readings, signings, etc., however, has forced me to get over my stage fright.

That said, I sure do like a podium to hide behind.

Today, I had a speaking engagement in front of about a hundred people, and when I was asked if I'd like a hands-free mike, I gulped, pulled my shoulders back bravely, and said, "Sure!" I figure if I ever get invited on Oprah or Ellen, I'll have to be comfortable with one. So I pinned the mike to my lapel, fastened the receiver to my belt loop, and gave it my best shot.

It was quite freeing! I was able to point and gesture and wander around while I spoke - although when a joke I told fell a little flat, I didn't have anything to tap and say, "Is this thing on?"

8 comments:

Douglas Bovee said...

Congrats on stepping outside your comfort zone. I try to challenge myself to do that every day.

I think that I have much to show for it because of it. Remember, it's ok to be scared, but do it anyway!

Oberon said...

......you are fabulous.

felipe vito said...

i list but easily dispose too so i turn to blogger. too slow, no patience to learn how to write but it all starts with a list and some push, self-made, which you undoubtedly have. congrats. gonna wait for the movie while enjoying your posts.

choc mint girl said...

:)...at least, you've made it. Very interesting blog.

/\ntoine said...

hahaha i love the watermelon one

Getty72 said...

Hi Jill, I hope you realise that ever since I stumbled across your blog a week ago, I have had to return almost every day to find out what happens next....all I can say is that it just gets better!!! Love this post! I know how you feel, I've been in the same position - I was advised to imagine my audience naked, but quite frankly, that just made things worse!!!!

BRITT.♫ said...

.. XD
you rock.

pcsolotto said...

To the owner of this blog, how far youve come?