I’m super-excited to be presenting a webinar this Thursday (May 10th) with author Melissa Orlov, whom I recently interviewed. When I spoke with Melissa, it was abundantly clear that she’s a wonderful resource, so I asked if she’d be interested in co-presenting with me.
Much to my delight, she said yes!
In classic be-careful-what-you-ask-for style, instead of working on my book tonight, I’ve spent 6 hours setting up the webinar (one of two we’ll be doing this month, unless I turn out to be so incompetent she dumps me!) using a platform I’ve never used before; writing the webinar description, e-mail notices and Tweets to let everyone know about it; re-sizing and cropping photos for same; updating my website pages; talking to Melissa; e-mailing Dr. Grohol here at Psych Central (we’re hosting it); and so on.
Time management meltdown (again)
I know that it always takes longer to do things the first time, but jeepers! I have FIVE book chapters due… no, I won’t tell you when. Let’s just say I’ve just barely recovered my lust for life after my dog Samantha’s passing, and I feel like life is rushing in in full force, in all its exciting, spring-like exuberance.
I feel like the luckiest woman in the world
It’s true. How many people are lucky enough to be living their dreams, and loving every single thing they’re doing every minute? Now that the depth of grief has subsided, my enthusiasm is back. I just hope I’m not taking on too much, too fast.
That said, I do hope as many of you as possible will join Melissa and me Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. for my first-ever webinar hosting gig.
Now that I’m getting what I asked for, I’m inundated with irrational fears!
Here are some (I think I’ll feel better if I share them with you):
- Something technical will go wrong and I won’t be able to handle it
- I’ll push the wrong button and everyone will have access to my desktop (not that there’s anything embarrassing on it, but there’s nothing relevant to Thursday’s presentation on it, either!)
- All the ADHDers at the presentation will spend time goofing off or bombarding us with tangential questions or talking amongst themselves on the chat feature or socializing in some backdoor chatroom I don’t know about and miss the presentation completely (not that I’ve ever done ANY of this myself when I’ve attended webinars late at night after a long day of work after my meds have worn off…don’t tell anyone… I mean, not that I’ve ever…)
- The session will be so flooded with questions we’ll never be able to answer them all and people will be annoyed (angry!) with us
…oh, the list goes on. Stage fright jitters, I guess.
The good news
The good news is, I’ve always risen to the occasion when presenting; in fact, like so many adrenaline-junkie ADHDers like me, I LOVE public speaking in any form. It focuses me. It makes me feel alive!
And there’s lots of good stuff to share.
To get a sneak preview of some of the things I’ll be touching on, you can check out my guest blog at Melissa’s website:
You’ll have to wait to find out what Melissa will be sharing (insights and tips and compassion and…) believe me, it will definitely be worth it!
Hope to see you there! Wish me luck!
P.S. Oh ya, and I almost forgot, you can find info and register here:
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