We all create some form of content for others. Whether it is oral or written, a full-length book or 140 characters, we all have our way to communicate. And, for many, a niche is developed that is comfortable. At the same time, it is good to mix it up every so often. I recently did that, unintentionally.
I am comfortable speaking in front of crowds, small or large. I am comfortable teaching a class. I am comfortable arguing in a courtroom. I am comfortable putting my writing out for others to read. I have become used to this.
Over the past few weeks, I had some new opportunities that initially moved me away from that comfort zone. This was through video and audio recording. I was interviewed on camera for this LXBN piece and this LexisNexis video. I did a live recorded webcast for the Ohio State Bar Association, and a podcast on creativity with my friend David Bowman from the Ohlmann Group.
Why were these different for me? Because, you really only get one chance to convey the information and it is generally not rehearsed. You also lack the immediate audience interaction with what you are saying. If a perceived joke works or bombs, you cannot see the crowd and adjust. If you misspeak during a live presentation, it is easily fixable and perhaps forgotten quickly. After a live talk is over, you can have discussions with those present. On the writing side, you can edit and edit to your heart’s content before publishing.
The real difference perhaps is self-criticism. With a video or audio recording, we will individually tend to pick the performance apart – and, can do it over and over again. Plus, who really likes to hear the sound of their voice recorded?
That all said, these experiences make me want to do a regular podcast. It is no longer uncomfortable. Who wouldn’t want to listen to me while working out or driving in their car? Don’t answer that.
What have you done lately that is uncomfortable? Give something to a try, you might be surprised.
[Feature photo note: not Ella’s real teeth, but it made you uncomfortable wondering, huh?]