Those few people who were lucky enough to be part of my university car-pool will know that I hate public speaking. They will remember having to pull over on the side of the road on mornings that I had a presentation due so that I could lose my breakfast into the gutter before hopping back into the vehicle (I’m not kidding here)
I actually took a zero for one presentation thinking that the alternative (actually showing up and presenting) was not worth the anxiety.
So who would have believed that I would willingly take up public speaking?
On Sunday, Grant and I spoke about the Clean Bin Project at the Earth Day celebration in Squamish.
And yes, of course it was fine. And no, I did not lose my lunch.
In fact, we met some really inspiring people who are doing all sorts of things like working towards plastic bag reduction, selling multi-tier worm composting containers, and building an office that is completely non-toxic.
A small crowd braved the elements down at the beach, taking part in bike rides, interpretive walks, and facepainting. We listened to local musicians and huddled around the campfire, eating handmade fudge, organic smoothies, and burgers that were, to be honest, a little on the dry side.
One woman came up to us after we spoke and said we were her “new heroes”. It absolutely made my day.
It was also good practice, as we have a couple other events booked this summer like the Recycling Council of BC’s ECOnomics conference. We are starting to realize that public speaking is an essential tool for communication, and we’d better brush up on it now if we ever want to promote our documentary or share our story. (Not everyone reads blogs you know)
The actual Earth day is this Wednesday, April 22. I’m sure there is something going on in your community, so get out there, have fun, and participate.