For much of my life, I hated anything to do with public speaking! I cringed at the thought of standing in a room having to present to a room full of strangers. Even in school, any requirement that made me do an oral presentation was met with anxiety, insecurity, and dread! I was really conscious of how I came across to others–and often I questions my ability to speak–was I boring?, could they tell I was nervous?, did I know what I was talking about?
Well–fast forward 20 years later–I find myself ENJOYING public speaking—community outreach presentations comprises a portion of what I do as a therapist. Yes–I still feel nervous before I present–but find myself engaging with the audience, and I don’t think of public speaking as a solitary and individual event—to me, I see it as having a conversational dialogue.
This year, I have been invited to speak about life transitions when couples have children. Bayou City Mamas–a fairly new organization in Houston, Texas provides a place for expectant mothers and new mothers to learn, socialize, support one another, and have fun! I am impressed by the three founders who are also mothers of young children–two have infants!
Here are some pics from my events with them:
Presented “Bringing Home Baby and Then What?: Adjusting and Loving Your New Relationship with Baby.”
March 2015: Presented “Transitioning into Parenthood” alongside Britax at Baby’s First Furniture. Every attendee went home with a gift!
So–you just never know what you might end up doing in life! I look forward to speaking more with my community, and meeting new people along the way.