Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stepping out of my comfort zone

I didn't mention what I was going to do today to many people because I was so nervous about it.  A good friend of mine, Pat Foreman, co-hosts a blogtalk radio show called The Chicken Whisperer with Andy Schneider.  Pat is the author of many books on raising backyard poultry.  She called to ask if I would be a guest on The Chicken Whisperer and speak about homesteading.  I gave her an immediate "NO".  I'm terrible at speaking in front of people and the thought of broadcasting live nationwide didn't appeal to me even though I could do it from the comfort of my own home with no one watching.  I thought more about it and finally decided I should step out of my comfort zone and do it.  I rarely put myself in uncomfortable situations but this time I decided to suck it up and be a good sport. I told Pat I would do it.  She sent me the details in an email.  I would be on from 12:30 to 1:10.  WHAT?!!!  I was thinking maybe 10 minutes, not 40.  I had 6 days to worry about it.  She reassured me it would be like having a conversation with her on the phone and that I'd do fine.   I asked James not to listen in while it was live.  Still, my heart was beating so fast today when I called in to the show waiting for them to announce me. 

There's a live chat room going on during the show but I didn't look at it while I was talking because I was afraid I'd get distracted or someone would say something I didn't want to see.  There were a few questions from the chat room that Pat or Andy passed along to me during the show.

Guess what, time flew by and before I knew it it was over.  It was actually kind of fun.  I don't feel like I screwed up or anything.  I even went back and listened to a recording of it when it was over and wasn't too embarrassed.  I'm glad I did it.  Pat called to thank me and said if I want to do it again in the future on a different subject she could arrange that.  Uhhhh, no, I don't think so.  Not this year anyway.   Thank you though, Pat. 

If you want to listen to the show here's a link to it.  Today's segment, January 26th.  


  1. You did very well on the show, no surprise for a graduate of the Broadcast Center who really isn't new to radio, although it's been a while. Uh-oh, did I expose a secret?

  2. I agree!! Wow,Karen!! It was great! Bob and I listened to you before he left for work this morning. I was going to post a comment then but had to go out. So just now getting the chance. You continue to inspire me - so much that I actually went blog-hopping to some of those sites listed on the Chicken Whisperer's site. I'll have to blog about the many things I learned. Had a moment of weakness too, I'll have to tell you about. Thank goodness it passed.

    Hello to James!