Sunday afternoon, I’ll be speaking to a group at the West Regional Library in Cary, North Carolina (come join us if you can!). I was thinking about that talk this evening when I suddenly realized it’s time to write my Story Weekend blog post. So that’s the genesis of this weekend’s topic: Public Speaking.
The story that comes immediately to my mind happened back when I was a hospital social worker and still nervous about public speaking. I had to make a presentation to a room full of doctors and just before I stood up, I realized I was wearing one blue shoe and one black. Arggh. I bet some of you have better stories than that and I’d love to hear them. Tell us about your favorite—or least favorite—speaking experience…or the fear that keeps you from speaking in public at all.
If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve been contributing. As always, there are a few “rules”:
▪ The story must be true
▪ Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge.