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Speaking in Public vs. Rectal Exams


Okay, here’s your choice:

A) Giving a speech in a crowded room
B) Getting a rectal exam

A friend of mine confessed that he’d rather go with the rubber glove treatment. How ‘bout you? Does the thought of speaking to a roomful of strangers make you want to sing your lunch?

I’m one of those sick people that actually enjoys speaking in public––probably because I dreaded it so much as a kid. But I’ve had to do it so much over the years, either pitching clients, or doing press conferences at work, that it just seems normal now.

Which got me wondering. Do you think being an introverted person hurts the marketing of your work? Does being an extrovert help?

(And if your answer was C. All of the above--giving a speech in a crowded room while simultaneously getting a rectal exam, you have my deepest sympathies).

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Reader Comments (7)

This is something I've been thinking about lately.

I figure I've got at least a year to learn how to speak in public, assuming I can get published and embark on a Great Tour of sorts.

In a group of people, I have no trouble getting sneaky laughter coming my way, but when put on the spot, I do tend to get all, well, flushed.
February 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Hatadi
I know an author that has two books published and is working on a third and he hates to do book signings. He loves the process of writing, but aside from a few conventions, he avoids the public. And despite success in his niche market, he hates his own work, and is totally neurotic about it, which just compounds his ability to get out and promote himself. I guess I always thought writers were a bit nutty, but praise-hungry enough to get out there and promote themselves--and actually enjoy it.
February 4, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjamie ford
I don't think booksignings would bother me because I'd have something to do - sign books. Unless, of course, nobody came to my book signing. Then I'm just sitting there looking silly, accosting people as they walk past, uninterested.
February 5, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterM.G. Tarquini
Speaking of looking silly, years ago I saw Ivana Trump signing books at a Costco in Silverdale, Washington of all places. She looked horribly out of sorts. I'm not sure if anyone knew what she was doing there.

February 5, 2006 | Registered CommenterJamie
I'm an introverted extrovert, meaning (a) I'm just plain weird, and (b) my level of terror depends on the size and...spirit of the crowd.

I think that being introverted will hurt the marketing of my work, though. Definitely. I have a writing group that I belong to now where we read our work aloud to each other. That's helping me.

February 8, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMaia Sepp
The more you do it the more normal it becomes. Which explains why my strange neighbor doesn't seem to mind checking the mail in his underwear.
February 8, 2006 | Registered CommenterJamie
See, I'm okay with not being quite that "normal" :)
February 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMaia Sepp

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