I’m definitely an introvert. I’m comfortable alone, but not so much in a room full of people. Putting myself in any form of limelight terrifies me. I prefer not to speak in front of crowds. If I attend a party, and I don’t know but one or two people, I’ll be the one who searches for kids to hang with, or I’ll sit in the corner and pet the dog. Kids and dogs love me.
But Deb, you ask. You’re a writer. Don’t you have to put yourself in the public eye if you want readers to find your books? Good question. And the answer is yes. Social media has made things a lot simpler. I have no problem being the party girl when I’m hiding behind a laptop. But even that can be scary. Whatever I post is available for anyone in the world to view and in many instances, comment. Some get their jollies trolling others posts and starting trouble . I try to be careful, so I don’t set myself up for a major fail.
I also believe that the best way to connect with readers-or people for that matter, is in person.While it’s difficult to get up in front of others, I’m learning. A few of my practices are;
I don’t sweat the small stuff.
I maintain my sense of humor-at all times.
When speaking , I keep my messages short, sweet and hopefully the audience guessing.
I try to keep an open mind, especially when I’m nervous or dreading an event.
What about you? Are you an introvert, like me?
Speaking of fear and audiences: be sure to watch and subscribe to our Ladies & Laptops – On the Write Road After 40. YouTube Series. Segment 3 is below
Ladies and Laptops Segment III