You know how all of those self-help books (and Baby Boomer columnists) always say that we should do things out of our comfort zone to prove we still can (and that we are still breathing)?
Well, it's my turn to put my money where my mouth is. I have been graciously asked to attend a meeting this month to speak in front of a group of librarians about this Ezine and other topics of interest to older adults.
As you may know, I am a writer, not a speaker and have always said that I could write a speech for someone else to give, but wouldn't be so quick to deliver one on my own. But the times are changing and so must I.
I will prepare for the meeting (a lot) to make sure I am coherent, but it really shouldn't be too hard. Boom This! has been a major part of my life for more than 9 years. I certainly know all about it, and truth be told, will talk to anyone who will listen at length about the Ezine, the website and my blogs. Now that I have people who really will listen, what could be better?
I have found myself lately trying to come up with new ways to generate more readers. With the overwhelming amount of information and blogs on the Internet just waiting for your attention, it's very difficult to find loyal readers, of which I have many, thank you so much.
So I will wait and see how this new venture will go, and report back. It's true what they say about doing new things. It does make you feel more motivated and energetic, while at the same time learning skills for dealing with panic!
Feeling Good Out of the Comfort Zone
By Teresa K. Flatley
If you've decided to leave your comfort zone and speak (speak!) in front of a group of people (instead of sitting in your small office alone with a keyboard), there is no better group to talk to than librarians.
Trust me on this. This past week I spoke to the Older Adult Forum of our countywide library system, and it was . . . great. They made me feel at home, and once I got started talking about the Boom This! World, which I always have words for, I had a good time.
I had prepared a little every day for two weeks for the talk, convincing myself that this was not a Big Deal, which I think helped me keep things in perspective. I wouldn't be the keynote speaker for hundreds of people; standing high on a podium with a multi-media presentation whirling around the room.
Nope, this was a quiet affair, with all of us gathered around a large table, making it very informal and friendly. I had brought some handouts and left them with the group, and then spent a little time talking about my background (when was the last time I got to do this?), the history of my websites and blogs, and how the goals of the forum and mine are not so different and how we could help each other.
Nothing earth shattering, but sometimes I forget just how much work and time has gone into this Boom This! endeavor that became a reality almost ten years ago. It felt good to say it all out loud.
Some of you have been with me since the beginning so you have seen the progression, and I am grateful for each one of you. I am really proud of Boom This! and what I've accomplished and hope that new, exciting ways to talk about, share, grow or just enjoy the BT! world will come along soon.
By Teresa K. Flatley