COMM Day 2013

Yesterday was the most nerve-racking day of the year for me.

A month or so ago, I received an email from a former professor, asking me to speak at COMM Day at the University of Central Florida in a break out session about blogging and social media. I was apprehensive at first, but since I’ve done some public speaking about blogging and social media before, I said yes.

COMM Day UCF

A week or so later, I got a follow-up email asking me to be the keynote speaker at the event. Talk about nerves!!! All of my previous public speaking experience related to the blog has been in a panel or Q&A format, so I was really nervous about being a one-woman show and speaking on my own for 30 – 45 minutes. I said no, explaining that I wasn’t sure I was up the the challenge and that I didn’t want to let her down.

Then I got another email from my former professor. (I should note that I think the world of this professor and actually interned for her husband in college. So I basically love their whole family. Oh, and she’s a writer. A very talented, persuasive writer.) She told me she believed in me, outlined talking points for my speech and asked me again.

I said yes.

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And then the nerves really kicked in!

Yesterday I gave my first keynote speech and I survived. Thank goodness!

UCF COMM Day Speaker

I felt the most enormous rush of relief when it was over. I also left time for Q&A at the end of my speech and was afraid I’d hear crickets, so I am very grateful to everyone who raised their hand and kept the conversation going. It was unnerving, fun, exciting and a thrill. And I’m so glad it’s over! Phew!

An added bonus of attending COMM Day yesterday is that I got to hang out with my best friend Laurel for a few hours. She works at the college and attended the event and it was great to see her! (I’ll be back in Orlando next weekend for her bachelorette party. Woop!)

Now I’m off to a different college, the College of Central Florida, to set up for the Taste of Ocala tonight. See ya later!

Question of the Morning

  • What is one of the most nerve-racking experiences you’ve had in your life?
  • What was the last thing you did that took you out of your comfort zone?

Comments

  1. Rachael says

    Hey there! I came across your blog today and have been sucked in since we have so much in common! I’m a huge fitness and healthy eating… yet still snacking 24/7… fan. 🙂 I also actually just got back from a vacation to Captiva Island this past Wednesday! It was fun reading about your experiences at the Island Cow and the Mad Hatter as those are two places my fiancé and I went to on our trip with my fam! I’m excited to read more!

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  2. says

    You made me nervous just reading it but I am so glad you did it! I bet you did awesome. I would have loved to actually go myself!
    This gives me the motivation and courage to get my presentation over with in Anatomy!

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  3. says

    Good job!
    I remember a survey says that 88% of population would rather choose to jump off the building rather than speaking in front. Congratulations! such a courageous act 🙂

    My most nerve-racking experience was when they told me I have to testify about giving and was said on the same day. Really, I almost wanted not to show off in that service but I still try and seek for His guidance.
    And the last thing I did to get out of my comfort zone was to decide to move out from my really close friend’s house. Where really close, we’re already sisters; twin sisters. I’ve cried a lot but I know this would make us closer than before because she’s always in my heart and I know that I’m always in hers.

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  4. says

    I actually attended COMM Day on Friday and, honestly, you did an incredible job. It was really inspirational to hear you speak. You had everyone wanting to start a blog.

    To answer both of your questions, one of the most nerve-racking experiences happened to be the last thing that took me out of my comfort zone. And that was asking you my question, which was about how you deal in situations when you just don’t know what to blog about. I normally never get myself to ask a question in these situations, so it was a big deal for me. I had to have gone through the wording in my head about 50 times before asking it.

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  5. says

    wow. you are one brave lady. way to go!

    our church is set up in a way that everyone gets a chance to speak during the sessions on sundays. we have a bishop (unpaid) with other unpaid counselors who are inspired and lead the meetings. however all the members take turns giving talks on various gospel subjects. so i always get nervous for that. but it always turns out fine!

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  6. Marissa says

    Wow! That’s so amazing to be the key note speaker! I’m a UCF student myself, had I’d know you’d be on campus, I would have come by and heard you speak! A warning for the locals would be much appreciated next time! Congrats Julie!

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