I’m off to Florida to deliver a keynote speech to people who own shipping and delivery companies.
The association put my photo on the cover of their conference brochure. They trust me to deliver a fabulous experience on Saturday morning.
Am I nervous? No, not about the speech. While there’s always room for improvement, I can stand on stage and deliver a competent keynote speech. An outline of a good speech looks something like this: Here’s a story. Here’s a lesson. Do things differently. Repeat 3-5 times. Wrap it up.
What I fear is the energy after a speech. After I step off stage, I’m pumped. I can run a mile in five minutes, punch a jerk in his face, and wrestle an alligator. When you deliver a good keynote speech, it’s hard not to feel energized. When it’s a disaster, it’s difficult not to be manic.
Most of the time, I have a drink and spend the rest of a conference with friends. My energy goes into a vessel of champagne and conversation. This time, I’ll be alone.
So, I’m bringing my running gear and a bathing suit. I’ll also have my Kindle. I might do something touristy, treat myself to a spa appointment, or simply explore the local area. I’m not sure. Then I’m coming home the following morning.
It’s a new year, and I want to adopt new habits. I gave up cream in my coffee as my New Year’s resolution, but that’s not a game changer. It would be great to step off the stage, feel good about my performance, and do something healthy and productive with the rest of my day.
Wish me luck and have a great weekend!