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.