There’s only one thing worse than public speaking right – not really feeling like you have much to say.
Today I get to speak to a room full of digital native university students who are 20 (ahem perhaps 25) years younger than me AND who are studying social media.
I’m talking to them about blogging, a subject about which I’m clearly no expert (thankfully I can draw on the experts at Problogger and their great tips – hopefully that will salvage it).
I’m not touching social media with a barge pole (although of course blogging pretty much always involves social media, so that’s going to be a bit hard).
I only got asked to speak late last week (suspect I was a last-minute substitute) and then had a blissful weekend with friends from Canada staying with us – a few (too many) wines Saturday night, Sunday beach, brunch and Blues of Broadbeach, fishing and paddling on the lake, BBQ and a couple more wines. The sort of weekend when you are reminded that:
But I digress.
Basically I’m not that prepared as a result of said blissful weekend and, well, really not having that much to say.
I’m going to start with this. At least I was quite good at public speaking back when my audience today were likely still in (or barely out of) nappies!
If the old news-reading shots don’t get a laugh, then I’m stuffed.
I may even play them this video to prove that I could speak back then.
Then I’ll proceed to give them a brief rundown of how my career pretty much went downhill from there (well along a bumpy, up and down road anyway) and how I’m now blogging as a hobby and not making a brass razoo out of it (although they won’t know what a brass razoo is, will they? What is it BTW?)
But change is good – at least that’s what I write on my blog.
I’ll talk about blogging for love, and finding your voice and give a couple of examples of peers who I reckon are rockin’ it – Have a laugh on me and Always Josefa, along with a couple of examples from the big end of blogging town – Ytravel Blog and The Organised Housewife, and then some blog stars from the US.
My claim to fame is that I’ve had 6 posts published on Tiny Buddha (a huge US multi-contributor site) and that when you Google ‘Kid’s Meditation video’, one of my little videos may actually pop up in first place.
I’ll bang on about blogging because you love it – because that has to be the starting point right, and how great it is to be part of a blogging community (because it is) and how important it is to serve your readers.
I’ll give them a couple of little tips from Problogger like updating your FB cover page and profile pic often (whoops haven’t been doing that) and making sure you register for Google authorship (which is a great tip).
And I’ll give them some of the big lessons I learned from people who do know a bit about blogging and are making more than a brass razoo out of it – because money is rather nice after all.
I’ll also give them a couple of examples of business content marketing (because I’m working on content marketing in my current day-job).
And then I’ll shut up.
Wish me luck!
When was the last time you had to speak in public? How prepared were you?
How do you manage your fears?
Linking up with the lovely Jess for IBOT.