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Kimberly Gauthier, KeyNote Address at WordCamp Seattle Beginner's Edition 2015

What is a Keynote Address?

A Keynote Address is an address designed to present the issues of primary interest to an assembly (as a political convention) and often to arouse unity and enthusiasm —also called keynote speech. Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

What is WordCamp?

I think of WordCamp as Comicon for WordPress users, designers, and developers.  For a full day, I am immersed in all things WordPress, surrounded by people like me.  Some conversations I understand, a few I don't get, but I listen anyway, because I'll walk away having learned something new.

I was chosen to give the keynote, because I'm not developer or designer. I'm a person who was introduced to WordPress a few years ago and learns how to manage my site through online research.

Kimberly Gauthier, KeyNote Address at WordCamp Seattle Beginner's Edition 2015

Conquering the Fear of Public Speaking

I am posting about this today (Sunday, instead of Saturday), because public speaking used to be one of my fears.  I decided that the only way to get over this fear was to jump into public speaking.  My first event was Bloggy Boot Camp, Las Vegas in 2012.  Each time I spoke publicly, I was so nervous that I started making plans to bolt up until it was time to stand at the podium.

I did this every single time until one day; I forgot to be nervous.  It was when I spoke at the Google offices in Seattle.

Yesterday, I was nervous, but I didn't plan to bolt.  It was a blast.

When the video is ready, I'll publish it here.

In the meantime, here are a few links I mentioned in the keynote that others might find helpful:

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