I taught my first class ever this month. It was an amazing experience. Addictive. I felt like I was able to see things about my students they couldn't see for themselves. I felt like I was able to help them. I felt incredibly honored to give them the gift of speaking in public.
One of my friends laughed when I told her *I* was going to teach public speaking. She knows how much I used to hate facing an audience. It still makes me incredibly excited beforehand, shaky and overwhelmed, but then once the reading begins, I love the feeling of connection. I love the sight of my words blossoming in my listeners as they take in my voice and reassemble my story with their own imaginations. I wanted to help other people discover that joy.
As I put my class together, I realized how much I know about the subject. I've read at Adobe Books, Alexander Books, Books Inc., Borders Union Square (RIP), Borderlands, and City Lights. I've read in theaters like the Hypnodrome and antique stores like Gypsy Honeymoon. I've read in Berkeley, Oakland, Half Moon Bay, as well as in Burbank and Silver Lake. I've hosted readings and open mics in Manhattan, Denver, Chicago, Seattle, and Kansas City. I've read in cafes, bars, galleries, and kindergarten classrooms. And it's been fun.
I know how to select a piece to read, how to rehearse, how to perform, and how to set up a reading or host one. I was excited to discover how far I've come.
My intial class was small. I'm hoping to teach the class again in the fall to more people. Public speaking is one of the most common fears. I know it can be overcome, because I've done it.
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