As I'm writing this post, it's Sunday evening in New York City, a few minutes past midnight. I'm having a hard time falling asleep because I'm anxious about tomorrow, when Michael and I will be interviewed by Robin Roberts at ABC studios. I'm really excited, but also nervous. All I want is to sound smart and fun and not like a crazy lady, which is intimidating enough itself, but I'm also worried that I'll look like a train wreck. (I'm responsible for my own hair, makeup, and wardrobe.)
I mean, let's be frank - looking like a train wreck is a distinct possibility on every single day of this project, and I usually don't worry too much. (Good enough is good enough, right? Besides, I trust my friends and colleagues to tell me if I've got mascara on my nose.) But tomorrow is different. It feels like a bigger deal than most days, and the last time I had a "big deal" day, I was getting married and had all of my best girlfriends plus my mom and sister close by to help me stay calm and wipe lipstick off of my teeth. Not this time, so I'll have to muster up a carefree attitude and try to have fun with it. Besides, a core goal of this project is to be less obsessive and insecure about my looks....
I've written some notes to myself about points I want to get across during the interview. I've packed an extra shirt (or two) in case I spill oatmeal on myself at breakfast tomorrow. Finally, I'm trying to remind myself of how far I've come, and that that nobody's going to try to make me look like a moron (I hope!). Thank goodness Michael is here with me. It's nice to have a hand to squeeze!
Any advice for handling public speaking anxiety?
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