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I made a speech without picturing anyone nude!!
4/4/2009 6:38:43 PM
This is the first time I did a luncheon/speech/book signing at a prestigious restaurant without fear.
Well, I finally did it. Of course I spent the mandatory three days prior to my speaking engagement in anxiety and turmoil--but somehow not as much as usual. I knew I was committed and had to do it so I accepted that, if somewhat terrified. It was rainy and windswept that noon as I drove up to the most prestigious restaurant in my area, The Staaten. An omen, I thought of dire things to come. I was speaking at the Grandmother's Club and invited for their monthly luncheon. I was too nervous to eat, sitting at an oval table with ten women I have never met, except for the one who had invited me. They were lovely,intelligent, yet jaunty women and I began to relax. Even the food started to look good. Just as the main entree was placed before me, I was called up to speak. Due to back problems, it's difficult for me to stand in one place for long and I figured I would have to ask for a chair. But I told myself I would try and stand at the lecturn and I did. I didn't knock it over, trip over the microphone cord, of knock over the drinks of anyone at the long table on either side of me.
I carried a written paper with me in case I lost my train of thought or the whole train, as I am wont to do upon occasion. I spoke mostly without the need of the paper and adlibbed a bit. My heart did not race in an effort to set off my defibrulating pacemaker, my blood pressure did not rise, I didn't break into a sweat and flaming face. I looked and sounded like I had been doing this forever--and this empowered me--from the prayer I had asked for before my speech--that God would give me His strength to empower me to do all things. And He did. I will probably never like making speeches, or being the center of attention, but after this day I now know that with that blessed empowerment, I can and will do it. To end on an even higher note, I sold a significant amount of books for the size of the luncheon party and made new contacts. I think I have finally overcome the monster called fear!! Maybe, just maybe, one day these things might become fun. Nah . . .

Micki Peluso

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More Blogs by Micki Peluso
• The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
• Facing my Fear of Public Speaking - Sunday, February 21, 2010
• Changing old thought patterns - Saturday, January 16, 2010
• The Uneaten meal - Friday, September 11, 2009
•  I made a speech without picturing anyone nude!! - Saturday, April 04, 2009  
• A Quirky Meditation Garden - Friday, February 20, 2009
• Psycho thriller not to be missed - Monday, February 09, 2009
• Editor's review - Thursday, January 08, 2009
• TV guest spots and root canal - Sunday, December 07, 2008
• No More Roadside Shrines - Sunday, November 30, 2008
• Book review from MADDvocate magazine - Thursday, November 27, 2008
• Homless for the Holidays - Sunday, November 23, 2008
• What's in a Name? - Saturday, November 01, 2008
• What's in a Name? - Saturday, November 01, 2008
• Reflections on Motherhood - Sunday, October 19, 2008
• Thoughts on writing - Friday, September 26, 2008
• A Summer Day - Friday, September 26, 2008
• Reflections on Life - Friday, September 26, 2008
• THE NEW OLD AGE - Wednesday, September 10, 2008
• A MOST UNUSUAL WEDDING - Tuesday, August 26, 2008
• THE RETURN OF THE WHIPPOORWILL - Friday, March 21, 2008

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