Last Saturday at Podcamp Western Mass, the longest continuing podcamp in the Northeast, my friend Val Nelson gave a session about finding that special spot between what you need and what you're good at and what you love. It's not always was easy.
It got me thinking that while it's good to do what you know and what you love, it's also good to stretch out sometimes and try something outside your comfort zone.
I did that on Saturday when my friend Christine Pilch-Mancini suggested we do a session on Twitter 101. We hadn't prepared notes or even discussed it ahead of time. We just did it.
I've known Christine for years. In fact, we met on Twitter, became friends at Western Mass Tweetups in the 2009 timeframe and we catch up in person every year at Western Mass Podcamp.
I'm comfortable with her and even though I thought I was shy about leading a session being up there with a buddy helped. What's more, even though we were winging it we knew our stuff well enough to pull it off and I realized something: I really liked talking in front of a group.
I liked it so much in fact that I ran a session on my own in the afternoon on Evernote. Again I was basically winging and it went fine.
And I realized by stepping outside my comfort zone with a little help from my friends I not only could do it, I really liked it and it's something I hope to do more of in the future.
Proving once again that Podcamp is always full of surprises and ultimately about people helping people. I'm just so glad that I was able to help some folks this time by sharing knowledge from the other side of the table. And I got quite a kick out of doing that.
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