"The mind is a wonderful thing. It starts working the minute you are born
and never stops until you get up to speak in public."
Over the weekend, I caught up with a relatively new friend on Facebook who mentioned an upcoming speaking engagement and being a little light on confidence. I was surprised because her work is amazing and she's respected throughout the industry.
I've done a lot of public speaking in my career, and while I'm comfortable now, pre-speaking jitters early in my career had me on a constant dose of Pepto-Bismol! If I could have bought the stuff in 55-gallon drums, I would have!
This is the time of year when many of you are looking back over your first quarter convention experiences and thinking about putting in a request to speak/teach at a convention in the future. So, here are some tips to help you in your quest.
Baby steps! I've met so many young photographers who honestly do have a great message to share, but they want to start at the top as a key note speaker, often because they have a huge fan base in social media. Having a great fan base is terrific, but they're on the other side of your monitor - not in the room waiting to hear what you have to say! So, don't rush it and start by speaking to smaller groups locally and then build your momentum. There's nothing worse than watching a potentially great speaker crash and burn because they simply weren't prepared.
“Don't wait for a huge platform before you give of your best performance”
Bernard Kelvin Clive
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.