It Doesn’t Come Naturally

Public speaking and I are not close friends.  When Xza asked me to teach 2 seminars at MommyCon way back when this all started coming together, I wanted to throw up thinking about speaking in front of all those people.  Oh sure I’ve been teaching babywearing classes for years, but teaching a group of at MAX 10 moms is a completely different ballgame then getting up and speaking in front of hundreds of people.  The day of MommyCon Vegas dawned and I had been up half the night freaking out about what could go wrong.  Would I get up there and see all those people and freeze?  Or would I do something horribly embarrassing and run out of the room crying.  The horribly embarrassing moment did happen, I flashed everyone in my Carseat Safety Seminar (tip for public speakers….DON’T WEAR A STRAPLESS DRESS WHEN LIFTING THINGS!!!!!!) and while I did consider running out of the room with my face covered in shame, I sucked it up made a joke about showing everyone my goods and carried on.

With MommyCon Chicago coming up next weekend…I am again FREAKING OUT about speaking in front of all those people.  MCMC is going to be bigger then Vegas, and if Vegas was any indication….my seminars are going to be jam packed, which means I’ll be speaking in front of nearly all if not all the attendees.  This time I will NOT be wearing anything strapless so if your coming for a peep show, you wont find one from me this time.  The Admiral is right down the street though ;).

Chicagoland is my area….many of the people coming know me or know of me because I am very active in the Chicagoland Babywearing and Birth communities.  It’s so much easier to speak in front of strangers that you will likely never see again and have no prior relationship with.  Speaking in front of your community, at least to me is on a whole other level of freaking outness.  Seeing the room fill up for my seminars in Vegas was both amazing and terrifying.  The more people that walked in, the more scared and nervous I was.  I’m not a planner and don’t pre-plan or practice or even write down what my presentation will be.  I’ve learned after many wedding speeches gone wrong that I am unable to read notes on a card, speak at the same time and remember my place on said cards…all while trying to hold and show off carseats or babycarriers.  It just doesn’t work and it would be a giant disaster and I would really run out of the room crying.

My motto for MommyCon for myself? “Fake it until you make it”-meaning pretend it’s just another day, that you do this all the time and maybe one day….you won’t want to vomit in the bushes before every seminar.

 

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  1. Hannah -  March 15, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Can’t wait to hear you speak in Portland!!! I’m a firm believer in fake it ’til you make it also!

  2. Xza -  March 15, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    I’m still more than confident in having you represent all the amazing car seats and baby carriers at MommyCon! You are so well educated and mommies relate to you… You rock!

  3. Heather P. -  March 15, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    I missed a boob shot?! Dang! Jk I haven’t met you but have read all your posts…you will do great yet again!

  4. Renea Pike -  March 15, 2013 - 7:25 pm

    I saw your seminar in Vegas and you hide your fear well. I would have never thought you were freaking out about it, and you did awesome! You seemed like a pro to me 🙂

  5. Sara S. -  March 15, 2013 - 9:22 pm

    I’m sure you’ll do fine in Chicago. I’ll be there cheering for you! I also hate public speaking and get incredibly nervous so I completely understand!

  6. Laney -  March 17, 2013 - 11:43 am

    I would have never guessed you were nervous. You spoke loudly and clearly and confidently. And your wardrobe malfunction? It didn’t seem to even phase you! So many moms look up to you for advice and information- so keep going. You may feel nervous but you were totally made for educating people! You did an amazing professional job. 🙂

  7. Sarah Taylor -  March 29, 2013 - 11:52 am

    You did amazing in Chicago!!

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