I'd like to say “Thank you!” to everyone that attended my talk. I really appreciate the positive feedback!
I joined the Speech Team when I was in high school. I had a crush on
this girl and that might have been a factor. I was terrible at it.
At every competition I came in dead last. At one competition, I just
dropped out because I couldn't think of anything to say on a subject.
I'm pretty shy and introverted, but I like meeting people. I
discovered a trick: I can pretend that I'm outgoing, even though
I'm not, and it works just as well. For some reason, this obvious
pretense is sufficient to fool my subconciousness.
Usually there is a rather painful backlash a few hours later when I'm
sure I've made a perfect ass of myself. That's when I swear I'll
never again put myself through the ordeal of public speaking. But
this time I got such support that I don't feel like a total idiot.
Thanks to everyone!
I made a list of the people I talked to at the conference. Part of
the reason was so I could remember what it was we talked about and
follow up on it here. The next few posts are going to be on that, I