speak up, buck-o

I don’t care how introverted you are, get yourself up in front of a crowd.

I don’t care if you feel like throwing up.

I don’t care if your bowels feel loose.

I don’t care if you feel like crying.

Or fainting.

Or all of the above.

Just do it.

It doesn’t have to be a three-hour seminar or even a thirty-minute speech, to start out.

Go to someone else’s three-hour seminar and when it’s time for questions raise your hand and ask one.

If you’re too overcome with nerves to listen to the answer, nod and look thoughtful.

Lots of us have been there. You probably don’t believe it because you only see the end product yakking in front of you, but it is surprising how many speakers at the writing conferences and seminars you attend started out cringing in the back row WHERE YOU’RE SITTING RIGHT NOW.

So don’t lose any more time. Take a step–ask a question.

Then. Volunteer to make a five-minute presentation at the next meeting.

YOU CAN DO IT.

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About Lisha Cauthen

Lisha Cauthen writes YA novels for guys that girls like to read too.

Posted on May 30, 2011, in life and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My bowels are bound by impeccable moral standards.

  2. Holy cow, Cheri Williams. Holy. Cow.

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