(Editor's note: I found this post of Janet Clarey's on Facebook, and asked to post it here because it's a wonderful perspective on introverts and public speaking, as well as overcoming the self-critic lurking within most of us when we get up to speak. Who do we think we are? Janet's found some new ways to figure that out. Her Facebook profile says she's a "Former corporate cubicle dweller. Now work virtually from my home office. I blog professionally about the social web, research and write about learning technologies, present, teach, and (sometimes) attend graduate school at Syracuse University. I'm a 40-something Mom shuttling kids around with my AWESOME husband of 20 years." Enjoy this good read and leave your comments below.)
Anyway, this time, I did something different with music and I have my lovely daughter to thank (her playlist on my iPod is literally “my lovely daughter.” She must have known that would draw a smile).
That’s not me. I kind of think I look like that Michael Bolton character on Office Space when he’s rapping. Embarrassing. Oddly, not so with Slipknot in the minivan which is actually more lame. It’s messed up.
So, the attendees – mostly CLOs – seemed cool with stories about my kids, my use of PG-13 profanity, humor, etc. So they seemed to like my style but better yet, I was OK with my style and I actually felt comfortable on stage. Hope it’s not a fluke (says the self-talk).
Try NOT to dance in the shower with this one…I can’t.