Public speaking. My comfort zone is being tried to the max!
This is one of the scariest things I try to avoid. Being in the church I do, there's really no way around it. Okay, fine, I could turn it down when someone asks me to give a "talk", but that would make me feel terrible if I ever did. I would feel like an ingrate.
But I know that speaking in public as an author is a MUST if I want to promote my book. It comes with the territory, there's no way around it!
It's terrifying and I've lost sleep over this.
Have you heard this quote before?
Luck favors the prepared
I wonder if I stop fretting and actually sit down and ponder on what I would be speaking about and think about how I can stretch it over a period of 60 minutes, would I still be scared?
I have had several offers already: one for this coming fall at a university, and the other for a Teen Author Boot Camp, spring of 1012. (check it out here!) I haven't said no while my insides are twisting and knotting into tight loops. So guess what I did to make it happen sooner?
I asked a writing teacher friend of mine if I can teach a class. Aaa! What. Have. I. Done?
I am a big time pantser writer. I think pantserness is bleeding into my public speaking, too. I know that I need to face my fear sometime, why not make it the 18th of May?
I'll let you know how that works out! Eeep! : /
And then there's radio interviews where I have to think of a good answer right then and there. I know many writers love to "hide" behind chatting online and emails, this is going to be an adventure indeed...
How do you feel about public speaking?
ps--today I am a year older, yikes!