For a few days in May, I’m trading the flip-flops and cowgirl boots for high heels. I’ve been asked to speak at The Bob Proctor Matrixx Event (http://www.bobproctormatrixx.com/business-retreat-business-goals-wealth-accumulation/) in Canada. Although I totally despise being called an expert, I’m going to run with it and be a guest as their Social Media Expert. I’ll be speaking on using Social Media for Business. Social Media is a never ending learning process. There is something new to learn everyday and that is one reason I have a hard time with the term “expert”.
This is going to be a whole new experience for me and my family. Mom (me) is always here to get everyone out the door. Whether it is off to work or taking my boys to school with lunches packed, clothes ironed (or thrown in the dryer for wrinkle release ), papers signed, homework checked or whatever it may be; it’s done by me! Not that my husband wouldn’t help, it’s just never been an issue of someone else doing it. Then I thought, “who’s going to water the garden or the flowers?” When I approached my family about this adventure, there was nothing but quarter sized eye balls and wide opened mouths and a “are you serious”? I stood firm and said I sure am.
Q: “But, Mom, who’s going to make sure all the soap is out of my hair?”
A: You’re planning on bathing while I’m gone? I’m impressed.
Q: “And who’s going to match my socks up?”
A: You or your Dad, or possibly MeMe?! We’ll figure it out and y’all will make it just fine.
Q: “But, Mom you always take me to school and you’re the only one who drops me off at just the right time.”
After a big long discussion of who, what, when and where, my family agreed. My boys gave me a hug and said “even though we will miss you, we’re very proud of you Momma and what you’re doing with your business and for other online business owners as well.”
I’m not a public speaker and don’t plan on starting now. However, I do have some knowledge to offer, so why not just get up there and let it out. I’ve been practicing on my grammar, as well. I’ve also been trying to say “You All” instead of “Ya’ll.” But, my husband pointed something out – “They asked YOU to speak and that’s just not YOU honey.” Oh man, he has a point. Saying ‘Ya’ll’ is one of those things that’s just part of me being me
I’ve always enjoyed being the one behind the scenes; making things flow for my clients online and obviously my family at home. I never had any desire to “go anywhere” but after some serious thought, I decided I’m going to do this! Yes!! I’m going to Canada. Am I nervous? Hell Yeah, but I can do this for the industry.
So, here’s to all of us – entrepreneurs, online business owners, virtual assistants and small business owners for getting out there and letting it be known about what exactly we do and how important each and every one of us is. I’ll be kicking off the flip-flips and boots for a couple of hours and wearing my big girl shoes!
Wish me luck –