Be Careful What You Wish For

Some months ago, I said that I wanted more speaking engagements. I love to be in front of a crowd, sharing stories, educating, empowering and providing insights that will change someone’s life.

So I put it out to the universe and invited whatever would come to get on its way.

Well, be careful what you wish for – you just might get it!

This morning, I start my day by speaking to the Bloomfield Optimist Club at 8 a.m. about my new book, The Flavors of Faith: Holy BreadsAnd the invitations keep pouring in.

I’m thrilled of course and every time I speak, I feel a huge high from connecting with those in the audience, sharing their bits of story with my bits of story to create new stories, and seeing their faces when something I say hits a nerve or strikes a chord deep within them.

And still – I get nervous every time.

What is that about? I know my story and I know my work so well – why would I feel butterflies in my stomach at the age of 42 when I’ve done this so many times?

The popular singer Adele says she gets nervous every time she performs. The 20th century actress Vivien Leighonce said, “Every single night I’m nervous. You never know how the audience is going to react.”

The thing is, what is there to be nervous about? The worst case scenario is that I stumbled and flounder and that would suck and I would not leave the best impression.

But that’s never happened.

Instead, I go up there, introduce myself and my life experiences to a waiting audience, a forgiving, listening, eager audience, and then I invite them to share back with me.

Human being to human being.

Heart to heart.

And so I guess this blog is a pep talk this morning. It’s the conversation with myself (and you!) to dial down the nervousness and put it all in perspective.

I’ve long said, and I stand by it, that people to business with people. That when you relate to another from the heart, to the heart, you will succeed. That when you can look in another person’s eyes and see their inner humanity, the times they’ve cried, the times they’ve felt nervous or unliked or on the edge of the crowd, that’s when  you connect.

Ok, I can do this. I know about bread. I know about me. I know what it takes to build your dreams. Story. Relationships. Relating one-to-one.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

Simple enough.

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