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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.
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: