I posted the above picture of myself on Facebook a few weeks ago. I was recording a podcast for “Pants on Fire“. One of my High School friends commented “You amaze me” and I responded “Sometimes I amaze myself”.
That statement is true. In the past, I was afraid of everything. I look back on all I’ve done, the public speaking, classes I teach, trip to Haiti, and I’ve grown. I can see I do try to push myself out of my comfort zone.
My latest adventure, was being the soap expert on the children’s podcast, Pants on Fire. Deborah Goldstein emailed me and asked if I’d be interested. I said yes, and immediately got nervous.
I’ve always been shy and introverted. I spent my childhood reading books, I was never one for playing sports. When I met and married my husband (an extrovert), I watched how he made people feel at ease. I learned, but it doesn’t feel comfortable. I still get nervous doing new things and having attention focused on me.
Pants on Fire
When the big day came, I got there early and was able to listen to the episode being recorded before me. I watched Deborah (the host) and L.I.S.A. (the robot) in action, putting everyone at ease.
When you record, you’re in a tiny room, with a mic, chair and music stand for your notes (I guess the liars need notes). If you know me, you know I’m pretty animated when I talk, I move my hands and body. Apparently, when I did this in the recording studio, the vibrations through the floor made my mic jiggle. A jiggly mic makes noise. I needed to be still. First mistake of the day. My hands got sweaty and my heart pounds harder. I took a deep breath and shook it off (not literally, remember, I needed to be still). And we started again.
Lucy, the contestant, asked some great questions. Mark (the liar) was very convincing, he did his homework researching soap. As we recorded, I relaxed a little and by the end, I was having a great time.
I’m not going to tell you if she correctly identified the liar, you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out.
Yours in Gratitude,