Conference Nerves before Blog World Expo!

By November 3, 2011 Blogging, My Life 5 Comments

I am so excited to speak on blog design at Blog World Expo tomorrow!

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As you know from the series on design I have not quite finished, I think a good looking blog is all kinds of important and I can’t wait to present with Melanie from Blogging Basics 101 (@chilihead).  If you can’t wait for some design tips, check out my posts on Great Header and Navigation Design and Sidebars Design.  Anyway, I am totally pumped to speak on Blog Design and hope that lots of people come to our session Friday at 1:45 in Room 515a because we will be giving some great advice for niche bloggers of all kinds, parents included!  I also love to give advice and I am honest, so please come to the session and give me your card / blog.  I will be happy to set up time to take a look and make suggestions! 

So About those Nerves

I am not usually a nervous person.  I confront issues, attack problems, fix things, can figure out almost anything and love, and I mean love, meeting new people and public speaking.  It seems like I would have no nerves at all heading to Blog Word Expo this morning in Los Angeles.

I am not nervous about speaking.  I am cool with this.  I am not nervous about my topic as I discuss blog design all the time.  I am happy with my knowledge and know I have something to share with others that is of value.  It’s okay that I am self taught through years of reading books on graphic design and typography and googling everything design related.   I am good at it.  I should share what I know.

Still,  I am really nervous.

Primary Reason for Nerves

All of the above is true about me, but I more than a little shy at first.  I also get overwhelmed by large crowds that I am part of (not that I am performing in front of).  This all means that conferences and the parties can be hard for me without a side kick.  This time around I have no side kick.  And sometimes when I am all alone I decide to just sit at my computer and write instead of getting out and meeting people.  Just because I get so nervous that I will be to shy to introduce myself.  {Unless you have a baby, then I will be unable to resist introducing myself. And oohing and ahhing and hoping we get to know each other so you let me hold your little bundle of joy. Yeah, I am in the air and already desperately miss my hubs and kids.}

Those of you who have met me may be shocked as I am a hugger and a talker and I love a good party.  I just need to get my groove and find a few people I know or I become even more shy.  I have tried to change this.  It frustrates my husband and my friends.  I am working on it but if you see me please say hi.  I am usually singing to myself while checking out pics on my camera.  I am really uber friendly after all of 2 seconds.  Just give me a chance.

Secondary Reason for Nerves

I grew up in the theater.  Musical theater to be precise. My biggest fear was losing my voice.  My second biggest fear was a lack of audience.  It is hard to put on a good show to empty seats.  Blog World Expo is a huge conference with hundreds of phenomenal speakers and a dozen tracks and I just hope that people come to our session because I promise, we will do our best to totally rock it!  I am a part of the Type A Parent track organized by the phenomenal Kelby of Type A Parent.  This the first year for this track and these panels are dominated by parent bloggers but they are certainly not meant exclusively for parent bloggers.  So, I have performed for a very thin crowd and I am hoping that is not the case tomorrow.  I am okay if it is and will rock it either way.  Still, I am nervous.

Now you see where Nervous Nellie kicks in.  Still, I am excited for my first speaking gig at a blog conference, I am excited about LA and I am over the moon on attending Blog World.  There are going to be some awesome and totally knowledgeable people there to meet.  If I can just get up the nerve to say hi, everything else should be fine.

Any Advice?  Have you spoken before at a conference?  How did you market your topic?  Do you have a little shyness / social anxiety like me?   Is there a good way or trick to get yourself out the door and networking?  I would appreciate any advice!

Let me know if you will be at the session!

p.s. I am writing this in the air on my daughter’s teeny tiny netbook that I won at a conference.  The keys are tiny and there is turbulence.  Mistakes may be found in the above text.  Apologies!

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