July 31, 2008

I Survived!

I had the opportunity today to do my first speaking engagement through the Heart of the Matter Online Homeschooling Conference.

A few hours ago I finally stopped feeling nauseous. There is comfort in typing a post and being able to think about what I want to say and edit it repeatedly to make sure it sounds how I want it to sound.

Truth be told I have always been better at speaking with children. There is something completely honest about kids that prompts them to let you know --for real-- if they like the topic and if you are keeping their interest. My friend, Kelly, and I have spoken at great length about the fear of talking to adults. It's scary!

Anyway, I spoke on the topic of Homeschooling with Autism. My husband, Jason, reminded me that he has listened to hours and hours of the subject with little chance to play the reciprocal role in the conversation. He assured me I would do fine. I was not so sure.

I think I did fine after all. I was finally able to talk about the subject I have lived and breathed for years.... share successes... ideas... situations. With the exception of my throat getting a bit dry midway and having a coughing fit it felt like a success!

I have been asked to do a regular podcast in the future and so maybe I will eventually overcome my fears.


Hawaiianatheart said...

I'm sure you did great! It's a subject near and dear to your heart. Breathe! : ) {{{HUGS}}}

Nikowa Lee {Quirky Mom} said...

You did a great job!!!

It was nice to put the face with a voice :)

I missed the first part so I'll be listening to the replay :)

christy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I thought you did a wonderful job. I don't have any special needs children, but I wanted to hear what you had to say, because I am a leader in two (don't ask) hs groups. and you never know who the Lord is going to bring.

Luke said...

My mom was really nervous too. Everyone has been doing great at the conference. Just wanted to drop a little note of encouragement: You're not the only one who doesn't like public speaking, but I am really glad you spoke anyway!


Melissa said...

Kudos to you! Good luck with the podcast, I think that would be a great resource for families.

rural momma said...

I heard most of that talk and you did a great job!! :0) The reason I only heard some of it was because one of our goats was very sick and ended up dying. :0(

I do plan on getting the audio from the talk.

Angela DeRossett said...

rural momma---aww, I am SO sorry you had that going on this week! poor little guy!

Anonymous said...

I know you did a wonderful job!! I can't wait to download it! I heard you signing off for one of the other ladies... My kids said, "Hey, that sounds like Miss Angela!" I said, "It is!!!" I'm so sorry I had to miss it... We've been gone practically all weekend. I'll be doing our favorite thing in the morning... talking to the KIDS!! (We sure do miss you!) I'll leave the adult talking to YOU!! :-)