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    I am so nervous. If you check my bio you will see that I teach sewing and quilting in my home. Last week I was asked to teach at a new quilting store. I was thrilled. Now I've been asked to be the guest speaker next month at a local quilt quild. I am so honored, but scared to death. I get nervous if we have more than 4 in SS where I am the crafts teacher for 2 & 3 yos.
    I will be speaking on and showing my FeedSacks quilts.
    I told DH next I would be writing books and soon be a TV personalitly. :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: Well I can dream can't I?

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    All the famous quilters had to start somewhere. Good going. You should be very proud that they've asked you. Let us know how it works out for you.

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    And we'll be able to say we knew you when . . .

    I hope you enjoy the experience.

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    When does your show start?lol

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    Great opportunity. Make sure to ask about the policies at local store. I started teaching at Hancock's local store 2 years ago. They wanted a sample for each class done in fabrics that were currently in store. When Valentines came they requetsed a new sample then after the costs (they gave me 20% but I had to pay for fabric) and time to make it they wouldn't display it for the class sign up. They claimed since the fabric was sold out and no longer available they would not display. Needless to say without anything to see only 1 person registered and I lost a lot of money. Make sure you know the policy for samples. Also if they let someone in without paying ro lose recrods where the person paid, you do not get paid. Happened to me twice. As far as speaking remember the old joke - picture them in their panties. Good luck and congratz.

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    Okay, now I am nervous for you! I hate public speaking. You know how when you're a kid and had to do a speach and they said that this was to prepare you to speak in public? It just gave me a lifelong phobia. I can teach a group but put me up in front of a crowd....nausea, sweaty palms, quiver in my voice.I hope to get through the rest of my life without having to do another speach!

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    I told DH I'd probably have to take a nerve pill first. I was in Toaster Masters one time thinking it would help with my fear of public speaking. I did take 1/2 a nerve pill for my first speach. Didn't stay in too long, couldn't handle it. But I am trying to keep in mind that this is a subject that I am well versed in. The last time I was in front of a group I told them they couldn't look at me while I was speaking. It broke the ice. I tend to talk faster, and faster when I get nervous.

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    You will do just fine! You are so knowledgeable and this a subject close to your heart. Just remember you are the expert up there teaching them. They will be in awe of you so you have nothing to fear.
    I will pray you have courage and calm. I just know this is going to be a big success because I know you!

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    Good for you. You will be great!

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    Congratulations, you will do good!

    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy
    I am so nervous. If you check my bio you will see that I teach sewing and quilting in my home. Last week I was asked to teach at a new quilting store. I was thrilled. Now I've been asked to be the guest speaker next month at a local quilt quild. I am so honored, but scared to death. I get nervous if we have more than 4 in SS where I am the crafts teacher for 2 & 3 yos.
    I will be speaking on and showing my FeedSacks quilts.
    I told DH next I would be writing books and soon be a TV personalitly. :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: Well I can dream can't I?

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    Jot down a few things you want to talk about so you won't forget. Just do show & tell. (makes it sound less stressful)
    When you talk about what you like, it comes easier.

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    They know you are terrific or they wouldn't have asked you. You know your stuff. Concentrate on what you are doing not on the people. Your passion for quilting will take over. They will love you ...and just think when you run for President, we will all vote for you :-) :-) :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmaForFour
    You will do just fine! You are so knowledgeable and this a subject close to your heart. Just remember you are the expert up there teaching them. They will be in awe of you so you have nothing to fear.
    I will pray you have courage and calm. I just know this is going to be a big success because I know you!
    You'll have to do a lot of praying on the day of the presentation, my friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee G
    They know you are terrific or they wouldn't have asked you. You know your stuff. Concentrate on what you are doing not on the people. Your passion for quilting will take over. They will love you ...and just think when you run for President, we will all vote for you :-) :-) :-)
    Hey, I am holding you to the promise. :roll: After all we, as women, could clean up the mess with a good old fashioned "quilting bee". :wink:

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    Congratulations, maybe we should get your autograph before you get too famous. :) I would love to see and hear your presentation on feedsack quilts, they are favorites of so many people-you can't go wrong. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greensleeves
    Congratulations, maybe we should get your autograph before you get too famous. :) I would love to see and hear your presentation on feedsack quilts, they are favorites of so many people-you can't go wrong. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.
    If you start now you'll have time to make the presentation, it's not until Sept 2nd. :roll:

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    Thanks everyone for your vote of confidence and you never heard me speak.

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    Just remember, all these people love the same thing you love. They are anxious to hear what you have to say and invited you because they want YOU. There may be one person in the audience that was scared to come because they fear crowds. Or maybe they are new to quilting and are afraid to try a new quilt. You will be great. Just talk to them like it's a room full of ....well, US!

    And, could I have your autograph now, before it costs money to get it?!?

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    I think that the key is organization. Plan more than you will have time to cover, is there a way to involve your audience (game or questions), stack your samples etc. in the order you will use them, maybe make a list of what you will cover in time order (you could even put this on a dry erase board for all to see and then you would know how your aloted time is going). Try to talk slowly, it will probably be just the right speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gzuslivz
    Just remember, all these people love the same thing you love. They are anxious to hear what you have to say and invited you because they want YOU. There may be one person in the audience that was scared to come because they fear crowds. Or maybe they are new to quilting and are afraid to try a new quilt. You will be great. Just talk to them like it's a room full of ....well, US!

    And, could I have your autograph now, before it costs money to get it?!?
    Let me know where to send it. :lol:

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    I only have one suggestion, if you get really nervous, don't stand and speak, sit in a comfortable chair and speak. Bar stools are good, as long as you find one easy to get in and out of. You may not have to use it, but it's there if your legs get wobbly, and sometimes, if you start out being able to sit and relax somewhat, you'll find when you do have to get up to point something out, you'll stay up because you're less nervous. If there are no bar stools, use a regular chair, just be sure it's placed in a location where people can see you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    I only have one suggestion, if you get really nervous, don't stand and speak, sit in a comfortable chair and speak. Bar stools are good, as long as you find one easy to get in and out of. You may not have to use it, but it's there if your legs get wobbly, and sometimes, if you start out being able to sit and relax somewhat, you'll find when you do have to get up to point something out, you'll stay up because you're less nervous.
    Great idea. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy
    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    I only have one suggestion, if you get really nervous, don't stand and speak, sit in a comfortable chair and speak. Bar stools are good, as long as you find one easy to get in and out of. You may not have to use it, but it's there if your legs get wobbly, and sometimes, if you start out being able to sit and relax somewhat, you'll find when you do have to get up to point something out, you'll stay up because you're less nervous.
    Great idea. Thanks
    I added a line about using a regular chair too. Have fun!

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    What an honor!! The idea of half a nerve pill is a good one, once you get going you'll do fine.
    I'm so happy for you! :thumbup:

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    I have done this many times. You start by saying that you are not a professional speaker, you are just a lady who loves quilting as much as they do. Have a Q & A time. They will have questions and comments. I tell how I got started quilting and some of the mistakes I made while learning. Everybody has a silly story to share. Most of all...relax. It is fun to speak at meetings like these.

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