As I write this, I am thinking about my presentations next week at both GCLS and another organization’s panels. I know I’ve blogged about this before, and my anxiety hasn’t waned. In situations where I’m nervous, I tend to get brain freeze, and brain freeze might lead people to believe that I don’t know what I’m talking about. And that might make me look like a fraud.
When people come to me for advice or information, I sometimes feel like a fraud because I think to myself, “Who am I to give this advice? How have I succeeded in this arena that I should be considered a go-to source?”
But I know that I am my harshest critic. (As Pink says, “Don’t let me get me…I’m my own worst enemy.”) I know that you don’t have to have a PhD in something to have some good advice, tips, or experience that might help someone else.
It’s all about perception. Not others’ perception of you, but of your perception about yourself. If you have done anything in the area of the subject matter in question, then you have something to say, and it’s no less valid than anyone else’s comments. You may not have as much to say as someone else who has been doing it longer, but your two cents are worth something, too.
So, as I continue my preparations for my two panels (plus a reading at GCLS!), I will try to remember the words of Theodore Roosevelt: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
At this time next week, I will be in Dallas meeting many of you and enjoying the sessions. I hope to see some of you at my panel, “Zombies, Vampires, and Fairies, Oh My.”