speaker2Somewhere during the past 48 hours my excitement about the She Speaks conference next week has morphed into panic. It is settling in that I am speaking in two sessions—three if you count Saturday’s Ultimate Blogging Q&A—in a conference where most of the sessions are conducted by professional speakers.

The only two things helping me are the fact that there are other bloggers speaking (who most likely feel the same as I do), and that I have managed to speak at two online conferences—Heart of the Matter and A Woman Inspired—basically in the same format: one session on my own and one with a co-speaker. When I see Amy Bayliss at She Speaks I’m going to give her a big hug for giving me that opportunity.

Reading some She Speaks blog post links last night really helped put it in perspective: most of us are nervous. For some it’s because they’re speaking in a session; for others it’s because they have an interview with a book publisher and are hoping for their big break; still more will stress because they’re in the speaker evaluation group; and of course everyone’s trying to figure out what to wear.

Conferences can stir up so much anxiety, especially this one which forces us to peel back the outside layers and examine our hearts. Although we’re attending She Speaks, the real focus is on how HE speaks through us.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. ~ Philippians 4:13

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