I used to think that being afraid of everything was a weakness. Then I learned how to “follow the fear,” and use fear to my advantage.
This is an annotated version of a talk I gave on the Bold Talks stage at Hubspot‘s Inbound ’13 event. Right now, I’m tempted to publish the essay that became the basis for this talk. But instead, I’ll think I’ll just give you the slide deck. It more efficiently tells the story of why a “Bold Talk” pushed me out of my comfort zone.
(Speaking publicly about content marketing is a piece of cake. Speaking publicly about myself? Not so much!)
(Note: This might be best viewed in Full Screen mode. But maybe your eyes can handle it. Your call.)
Also, here’s a cool visualization of my talk from graphic recorder/sketch artist Kelly Kingman. (Click to enlarge this to a size that makes more sense):
Big thanks to my good friend Doug Kessler for the idea of producing annotated slides, and letting me co-opt his idea so gracefully.
And also thanks to:
Debbie Millman for sharing that John Madea quote and articulating in her work what I’ve felt in a vague way, but couldn’t quite grok until I read it;
and Tim Washer for introducing me to the work of actor, writer and improv teacher Del Close, who coined the phrase “Follow the Fear.” I don’t know if Del meant to apply it the way I ultimately did. But I don’t think he’d mind.
And finally: Big thanks to Laura Fitton for inviting me to Inbound ’13, and equally big thanks to Hubspot for scaring me senseless. In the best possible way.