I am a naturally talkative person. My philosophy is, 'I talk, therefore I am.' I've never really been in a situation where I was lost for words. As a classroom teacher I spent a good part of my day 'on stage' and I never hesitated to share my wisdom with other colleagues on a formal or informal basis. Now living part of my time in Spain, I never hesitate to enter into a conversation in Spanish. I just jump right in, at the same rapid fire speed I talk in English, until I suddenly find I've literally run out of words. I'm conversing about a topic for which I simply do not have the vocabulary. It can be pretty embarrassing at times, but hey, I just change the topic to one for which I do have the vocabulary.
My daughter sent me a link to an earlier 'Out in South London' pod cast. Whilst listening to it, admiring the quality of both the content and the presenter, a strange thing happened. I panicked about appearing on the pod cast. What would I say? what if I froze? What if I inadvertently offended someone?
As the day grows closer, I'm trying not to think too much about my performance, but I can't deny that it's in my mind a lot. I just hope I don't make a fool of myself. I don't think changing the topic of conversation will get me by on this occasion.