Yesterday I took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce. I was the one cutting the ribbon. I’ve never done such a thing before, nor have I ever attended a ribbon cutting, so I did not know what to expect. There were at least twenty people there, which amazed me, but made my day! I had not prepared a speech, nor did I know what I was going to talk about, so when it was time for me to talk I began to ramble on about my book and upcoming events. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind talking about my book or what I have coming up, it was the fact that I was nervous speaking in front of a crowd, that I had forgotten to talk about a few things, like the projects I’m currently working on. I think I was just baffled at how many people that came to see me and hear me talk.
I may have to pay another visit to Dr. Yolanda Mitchell, my Speech teacher at PTC. She had helped me get up in front of the class and give a speech…three times. I spoke to her after class one day and told her I have a fear of speaking in front of people, her response was, “Well, I’m sorry, but in order to pass this class you have to give a speech.” Well, nuts! I didn’t think I could do it the first time, I thought I was going to faint, but nonetheless, I did speak in front of my classmates three times. I was nervous each time and each time I lost my train of thought and began to babble on about the topic I was giving the speech on. It didn’t matter that I had notes in front of me, I was still nervous. I made a ‘B’ in that class, which made me happy. I had also gotten over the fear of speaking in front of people. If you tell yourself you can’t do something, you’ll only believe it. Now If I can just get over the nervousness I’ll be doing a whole lot better lol!
After I cut the ceremonial ribbon I got the chance to speak to these wonderful people individually about the process of getting published and the young adult novel that I wrote. I also told them about the other children’s books that I’m currently working on and the hopes to having another published soon. I even talked with a woman about a book reading opportunity. The best part about that is I get to read to a group of children.
It turned out to be such a wonderful day. I got the chance to meet a few of the amazing people that make up our wonderful growing town of Bryant, Arkansas. I’m looking forward to each door that opens, and to each opportunity that comes my way.