Before that I was quite content to create and edit alone at my desk at home - socializing mostly with close friends and family. I get so awkward and drained by large groups that even as I write... the thought makes me cringe. This is why I flock like a bug to quiz people who speak brilliantly with ease to large audiences regularly.
Backstage, before I shot Kelly Patterson-McGrath's performance at the Women's Entrepreneur event (Growing & Glowing)
I jumped at the chance to pull her aside and ask
"Do you still get nervous before speaking?"
Kelly replied "Yes! Of Course! It goes with the territory"
Obviously Kelly's butterflies don't get the best of her because she delivered her insightful message with confidence, clarity and humour. Kelly admitted that although sharing her message is a huge passion--big crowd's deplete her energy.
We both agreed that we adore people but long periods of large groups send us running home to recharge our batteries.
Not only does she enjoy solitude but also is a self ascribed computer geek, motorcycle enthusiast and athlete.
I'm struck by how compelled she is to share... even though it can sometimes take all she has to do it.
Now why am I sharing this with you...you might ask? Well, to be honest I've always held the idea that those that chose a career in the spotlight really liked it there...it provided them with their identity and energy. So this idea that an introvert (like me) can also thrive yet still honour their personality is a new one.
Just as an aside, if you ever see me at a large event, hiding momentarily in a corner...it's only because I need to plug in briefly before facing the masses :)
Till next time...