Whilst at Oasis I gave my first public talk. GULP! For those that speak regularly in front of others, this might not seem daunting to you, but for me it was kinda a big deal. Thankfully I was asked do it alongside Kim and having her there offered great comfort.
Tracey had asked Kim and I if we would share a little of “our process” to everyone, this seemed too enormous to dive into in front of so many people – talking technical stuff and how we work, just seemed impossible to an audience of varied experience and ability, so we took “our process” from a different angle, using inspiration from our course Behind The Scenes. We prepared what we were going to say, complied some inspirational quotes… and besides a little nerves the day before, which Myriam talked us out of… we just decided to go for it.
Leaving our messy room… we stepped out to find the commune being prepared and everyone waiting… GULP!
It’s kinda weird, because once we got started it felt ok… and we found our stride. Taking turns to talk, helping each other out when needed. We were honest, emotional and shared what we thought would strike a cord, hoping that even if one person took something away that sparked a feeling within them – that was enough. We talked about the little things that help our creative process… our journeys to this place… our stories… what drives us… what inspires us… what we would like to hear when listening to someone’s process.
There were tears and laughter (even my newly acquired American accent made an appearance, not that I can remember what I said!) - we spoke from our hearts and drank diet coke (of course).
From what little I can remember it went ok… once it was over, there was more relief than elation.
Sometimes I think I’d like to listen to it through again, so wish I’d recorded an audio for it… but then again, maybe it’s best I stick with the hazy memory of it; no judgement can be made from that.
Would I do it again? well… I’ll keep you posted… never say never.
Before the talk :: Just as we’re about to finish