[pullquote]Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~Arnold H. Glasow [/pullquote]
On Tuesday night, I did the safe, geeky equivalent of setting myself on fire: I gave a 5-minute talk, choreographed to 20 PowerPoint slides that automatically advanced every 15 seconds, in front of more than 600 people at Ignite Seattle 12 (video below).
Yeah, it was a just a little warm up on that stage.
I was the fourth speaker out of 14, which was perfect – just enough time to settle into the event, not so much time that I could get sick. And the worst didn’t happen… I didn’t faint, start spouting gibberish, die or throw up on my shoes (as my friend Patty K has written about). In fact, it was Patty K who told me about Ignite in the first place, so if I had done any of those things, at least I would have known who to blame thank.
So with all of those potentially dreadful outcomes at risk, why bother?
Because I have an important message to share. I actually like being on stage. I like a good challenge. But mostly, the reason was obvious after reading a few tweets I saw the next day:
“I may have teared up a tiny bit during your talk. Amazing! Helping introverts with their confidence is such a noble cause :)”
“Introverts will take over the world!!! YES!!!! #is12″
Yes, indeed… totally worth it.
Of course, the funny thing is, you can take any of the five assets I share and easily flip them around to be liabilities… but that’s for another blog post! This one is about celebrating our strengths and being 110% proud of our introvert personality!!
This 5-minute talk could have been much longer, and soon enough, it will be. What do you think? What introvert super powers have helped you succeed?
(Main Photo Credit: GregoryHeller.com)