Are you nodding? I hope not, because public speaking is one of the best ways for a writer to promote him or herself. Now, I do it whenever someone asks me.
Stop shaking your head. I can hear you now. “I’m not an extrovert like you.”
I may not be shy but I am a dyed-in-the-wool introvert. I re-energize when I spend time alone, not when I’m in a group setting. But I did get over my fear of public speaking. Children’s writers especially make a very kind, gentle audience. Now I actually wander around the stage area and only get spooked
when I kick my water over. But that comfort level was a long time in coming.
Does this mean I don’t push myself anymore? I wish! Last summer I discovered that getting up in front of the church to read something someone else had prepared scared me silly. I haven’t figured out why, but I did figure out what to do about it. I joined the church choir.
Last Sunday was the first time I didn’t have a panic attack in the parlor as we prepared for the introit. Not one single person commented on my pasty color.
If I can get over it, so can you.