This is for all of those that don’t get out much and find it easier to say no, stay home and not make the effort. Read on.
I seriously don’t get out much. I live in a small town with one 3 way stop, have my work and my son. We are small town, small time casual laid back folk. I consider myself ‘just a blogger’ that shares a passion.
So what happens when you’re asked to fly out of town? To be a guest speaker? No wait, to be a MAIN guest speaker? The kind where others will ultimately make the trek to see you in particular?
Well, first you have to get a passport. Then hope it shows up. Let’s delay that, shall we? Because if we delay it, it’s easier to deal with. Good plan!
Wait. I’ll lose 15 lb first. Right! And maybe get a face lift. I mean, what if everyone thought I looked way older than I do on my blog? (The weight loss and face lift didn’t materialize but I did get my hair done)
Will they like me? Be disappointed? Maybe I’ll delay that passport just a little longer…
Until the need arises to the point of get it or you aren’t going! I think I’m going for real. I’d better get it!
So I got it and I went.
I fussed about what to wear and brought WAY too much. It still wasn’t right because I live in Canada and I’m heading to Nashville. I can’t possibly have the right stuff! I packed what I had and went anyway.
Panic… I’m not a public speaker! And I’m going to speak?! Guess I’d better pick up an iPad because isn’t that what everyone’s using these days? So I did.
It’s now the day before the event. 6 months in the making and it’s finally here. But would I EVER be ready?! It’s coming anyway so I may as well dive in and accept it.
Will they accept me?
And then the barn doors opened and everyone started flooding in. I took pictures so I had something to do… and then got greeted by my first guest.
And then another. And another. Yet even more.
For the next 3 days, I hugged, enjoyed, listened, talked, laughed, cried and appreciated anyone and everyone that I met. Why in the world I worried I have NO idea!
No one grimaced when they saw me. No one ran the other direction, but rather, embraced. I was so grateful to actually meet those that desired to meet me! In a word? The experience was completely AMAZING. I got to see first hand who read my stuff and how it touched them. Cool!
Know what happened next? That kindness encouraged me to get up on that stage and talk. I forgot about the notes on my laptop and spoke from the heart. I was doing it! Do you know how long I’ve dreamed of doing just this?!
It was wonderful. My imperfect wing it non speaker type of delivery was enough. Because it was just me offering what I knew in my hack styled delivery. (I called a corded drill a cordless drill for starters… beautiful. No hecklers in sight!)
A private sign lesson
In a nutshell? There was no need to fear being seen or heard. I know exactly how easy it is to hide behind a computer monitor. But at some point, you need to brave up and get outta town. Go meet those you associate with. Put a face and a voice to the type.
Why are you afraid? Think about who you follow or what you blog about. My content brought no ax murderers, just super kind adorable loving followers and long time friends together that desired a glimpse of whom they met online. A face and voice to the type.
I get it. I soooo get it. But you have nothing to fear. Your outfit is perfect because honestly, no one will remember it. They’ll remember your eyes, kindness, voice and warm heart. And you already have that.
You should GO! It’ll change your life.
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What’s knocking on your door that you’re saying no to?