When Hubspot first invited me last September to its “Bold Talks” stage, a stage that ostensibly was to give attendees at its annual user event access to “bold and powerful talks from a diverse and powerful group of exciting and influential people,” my first impulse was to say thanks but… No.
This is the story of why my first reaction was No, and how it came to be that last August, I showed up to give the talk at Inbound, Hubspot’s annual user conference.
“Showed up” makes it sound like it was no big deal — like I hadn’t spent the previous night sleepless with worry; like I hadn’t considered driving straight past the exit to the Hynes Convention Center and continuing on straight to Rhode Island into Connecticut, New Jersey, and so on… driving all the way down the Eastern seaboard, possibly forever; like I didn’t have to wear a sweater onstage to camouflage my nervous sweat stains. (Eww. Sorry. But true.)
The idea of speaking publicly about marketing is a piece of cake. Speaking publicly about myself? Not so much.
Hubspot’s been slowly releasing its Bold Talks on its blog. And finally, my turn came up. I’m not sure whether this horrifies me or thrills me, but I’m sharing it here with you now.
Why? Because as I tell my children: Very often when something scares you, it’s the very thing worth doing.
Here’s the video of my talk, which I also originally wrote up here.
Here are my annotated slides:
And here’s the graphic recording that the talented Kelly Kingman did: