If you’ve met me, you probably don’t think I’m too shy. I’m generally outgoing in situations I feel comfortable in–and there’s a lot more than there used to be.
But there are three situations that–without a doubt–make me clam up.
- Someone recognizing me from my blog.
- Public speaking.
- Talking about myself. It’s one thing to write about myself, but I have a really hard time talking about myself. Probably because, having lived in D.C. and NYC, I’ve heard a lot of self-important people go on and on about themselves and I never want to be that person.
This morning, I got asked to speak on a panel at Columbia this weekend. It’s called Social Media for Bloggers: How Social Media Lets the Individual Compete Against the Big Brands, Plus Lessons Both Can Learn From Each Other, and I’ll be speaking from both perspectives–my personal social media use and my professional social media experience working as a social media specialist for Woman’s Day and ELLE. You know, if I don’t faint first. If you’ve done public speaking before, do you have any advice for me???
This afternoon, I went home at lunch to walk Bailey and some girl recognized me in my lobby. I probably came off as a huge bitch, but I am just really shy in those situations. I have no idea what to say to someone who already knows so much about me, and I know nothing about them. Other than, thanks!
I haven’t had a chance to work out yet, but I have walked three miles already on a gorgeous spring day in NYC, so there’s that.