In the past few days, I’ve had a chance to speak to a couple of groups which are very active in the communities we serve.
Saturday night I spoke to the annual past commanders banquet at the Delphos American Legion post,
Then on Monday, I had a chance to speak to members of the Lima Rotary Club.
Getting to meet with listeners in whatever the setting is always enjoyable and gives me a chance to talk about what I do for a living.
It also allows me to express the gratitude I feel for parents, teachers, and others who helped me with the special needs I have to enjoy a career in radio that’s lasted more than 40 years.
And to push for greater employment inclusion for people who are considered handicapped or disabled by society like I am due to blindness.
Truth be told though such appearances always find me more nervous than you might think for someone who’s lived a good part of his adult life with a microphone stuck in his face.
When you’re speaking “live”, there’s no edit button and you find there’s no substitute for being over-prepared.
For me there are unique logistics issues like being sure that I’m speaking in the direction of my audience, making sure that there’s room at the podium for my guide dog “Pippa” to lie down, and making sure there’s room for a demonstration if one is needed .
I’ve grown accustomed to listening for the sounds of a fidgety audience that will tell you if you’ve droned on for too long.
I don’t claim to be an accomplished public speaker, but it sure can be fun to try.
That’s the way I see it.