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(just) five things

I’m so excited about my new little five things logo that Lindsay created for me. Don’t you just love it? :D I am having so much fun doing these five things posts every weekend, I hope you’re enjoying them too!

I don’t really have a theme for this one…just sharing a little bit about this weekend…

1. I have a fear of public speaking

Some people have a natural ability to speak in front of a huge group of people…I’m not one of them. My voice shakes, my stomach hurts, I sweat profusely and I fumble my words. I’m not sure what it is, maybe it all goes back to a class in college where I had to talk about caboclos from the Brazilian Amazon and I completely choked. I looked around the classroom as I stumbled over my words and mixed up my index cards. I could see the horror in my classmates’ faces as they felt so sorry for me. I consider myself to be a pretty outgoing person but when it comes to public speaking…forget about it. By the way, I think I got a D on that speech.

So yesterday, when the Central Florida Bloggers Conference (#CFLBlogCon) finally arrived, I found myself asking myself why I agreed to speak. I kept telling everyone how nervous I was. And I know from what Joshua said to me, I was making it worse by doing that. It’s true, if you keep talking about your nerves, it will get worse. In one of the morning sessions, Fitting Blogging into Your Life with Christine, Jackie and Michelle (they did a great job!), and I got even more nervous. They did a great job by the way of giving bloggers ideas on how to make life easier by using tools like TweetDeck and different WordPress plugins to make your life easier.

I spoke about Working With Brands for about 30 minutes and once I got going started, the words started flowing. I know I stumbled a few times and even said way too many umms.

Thanks to Katie for taking this picture.

So happy I didn’t faint…I really felt like I was going to before it started. After my talk, I had a few people come up to me and say some really kind words, I’m so thankful for the nice feedback. So happy it turned out okay and hopefully most people found the information I shared useful! If you’re interested, you can view my presentation on DocCaster or SlideShare or below.

Working With Brands (for Bloggers) from Julie Deily

2. Great Advice

The keynote speaker for the Central Florida Bloggers Conference was Lou Mongello, he gave some great advice for bloggers wanting to make blogging their full time job. This slide was my favorite because it not only applies to blogging but so much more than that. I really think it applies to life in general. Lou’s talk was right on and completely inspiring.

3. I love a good photobomb

Huge thanks to Justice for making us all laugh. I seriously can’t stop laughing about this picture. That’s Christine and Katie.

4. Great food props at Michael’s

I told you there was no rhyme or reason to this post. The other day I was at Michael’s and scored an awesome deal on white foamcore, you can’t beat 99 cents! I saw these awesome dessert glasses that I had never seen at Michael’s before. 40% off coupons and trade with friends – and you’ll have a nice collection of dessert glasses!

5. Friends Friends Friends

I’m thankful for good friends and being able to see them at these kinds of events. My most favorite part about these kinds of events and conferences are seeing old friends and making new ones. My friends keep me grounded and cheer me on. I hope you have those kinds of friends in your life too. That’s Katie, me, Suzanne and Robin.

Kudos to Bess Auer and the rest of the planning committee of CFLBlogCon. It was an awesome event, I learned a bunch and I can’t wait for next year!

Read my other {five things} posts.

51 Responses to “(just) five things”

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    Paula — September 16, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    I share your fear of public speaking…few people are actually truly comfortable with it. I used to have to do it when I was working and even took courses to help me get over the fear. They say the more you do it, the easier it becomes and I found that to be true. Having been retired now for the past four years and not done any public speaking, I’ve regressed back to the fearful stage unfortunately.
    Keep doing what you are doing for you are doing very well and soon you will surprise yourself with how comfortable you are addressing a group of people.

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

      Oh no, that stinks, Paula! I definitely want to do more of it but I have a feeling the fear will be there for a long time! Thank you!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 16, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

    I am also terrified to speak in public. I did two cooking demos this year and managed just fine. I was totally questioning my sanity before hand though. Glad you made it through and I’m sure you helped quite a few bloggers with your ideas and advice. I know you’ve helped me a lot!

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

      Good for you for doing those cooking demos! Thank you, you’re so sweet, Milisa!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 16, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    I don’t know too many people who say “Oh great, I GET TO public speak today!” Most people are a bit apprehensive, at best, and totally terrified at worst. I don’t think you’re alone!

    And Michael’s, yes. And Anthro :)

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

      oh my goodness, Anthro is so bad for me!!

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    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — September 16, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    You did a fabulous job on your presentation! I have some of those Libbey dessert dishes I bought from Kohls, but now it looks like I need to head to Michael’s to get the rest of them. Great idea about swapping too!

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    Rachel — September 17, 2012 @ 12:32 am

    In a “Work Setting” I’m awesome at public speaking — as a teacher, being in front of my class was a piece of cake. I just pretend I’m acting, lol, and then it’s all good because I just a character in my little play.

    In social settings, where I’m “me” … yeah, totally intimidated and can barely come out of my shell to talk to people.

    I’m just weird.

    I would love to hear you share your knowledge — I bet your presentation was fantastic! I’m definitely going to read it this week!

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

      Thank you so much, Rachel!! :) One day, we’ll get to meet you. PS Are you planning on going to BlogHer Food in Austin next year??? Please say yes! I’m definitely going!

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    Kathryn — September 17, 2012 @ 3:25 am

    It sounds like you did such a great job and I can’t wait to check out your presentation!

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

      Thank you, Kathryn! :)

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — September 17, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Love this! I’m sure you were amazing!!! :)

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

      Thank you, Ali! It was so nervewracking but I’m so glad I did it!

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    addie @ culicurious — September 17, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Thanks for the working with brands tips, Julie! Very well done.

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

      Thank you so much, Addie!!

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    Cassie — September 17, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    What a fun post! And I love the logo. I have been doing “10 things” posts lately and I love them too. The conference looked so fun, wish I could hear your talk! I am sure you are a pro!!

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

      You’re way too sweet, Cassie! Thanks for the love on the logo, Lindsay always does such a great job, doesn’t she? :)

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — September 17, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    I’m so glad it went well! Public speaking is definitely a hard thing–I used to love giving speeches in college but my voice would still be shaky as I got started. But you got good feedback, so obviously you did a great job!

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

      Thank you, Kiersten! :) I was really surprised at some of the feedback. I’m so glad what I presented was well-received. :)

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — September 17, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    LOOK at you go!!!! Wow!! :) See, I love love love public speaking :) I’m odd.

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

      Haha, you are odd. Just kidding! :)

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell — September 17, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    I stumble over my words too and my face gets beet red and splotchy and about 147 degrees. It’s a nightmare. I don’t think I’ll ever agree to do what you did. I’m just too scared! You’re a rock star, and I admit I’m just a little jealous that I’m not one of those girls who got to hang out with you! lol

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

      You’re so sweet because I think you’re a rock star!! One day we’ll get to hang out, Liz!!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — September 18, 2012 @ 12:40 am

    Fun post about the things you love. So nice to meet you and everyone at the conference — loved your presentation and definitely learned a lot! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 18, 2012 @ 12:48 am

    I am definitely enjoying these “5 things” post. I feel like I’m getting to know you more and more :)

    As for the public speaking thing, I totally understand. I am the same way! And the Michael’s props? I totally need to make a trip there this weekend, even though I was just there yesterday :)

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

      Thank you, Chung-Ah!! I hope we get to meet one day soon!!

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    Mara Shorr — September 18, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    I loved meeting you in real life. Finally :) And can’t wait to get together again soon!

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

      The pleasure was all mine! I can’t wait for our lunch date!

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    Susi — September 18, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    Julie, you did great. I truly got a lot out of your session and hope to be able to put the info to good use!!! I even gave you a shout-out in my own recap post!!! :) I look forward to next year, too!

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

      Susi, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!!

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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — September 18, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    I love these posts and I love your new logo as well! That slide is VERY inspiring…

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

      Thank you, Meagan!! See you tomorrow!! woohoo!!

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    katie — September 18, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    I’m so glad we got to hang out this weekend!!! I still can’t stop laughing over the photo bomb during our “family” portrait! lol. Seriously, Julie–you did an amazing job on your presentation and I think everyone who attended walked out with valuable and actionable information!

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

      That was my favorite photo of the weekend. :) Thank you so much, Katie!! You’re a sweet friend!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 18, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    Great recap – sounds like such a blast!! Love Katie’s shirts!!

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    Carlas Confections — September 19, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    Loving these posts Julie! :) The logo is really great! I have a big fear of public speaking too and also love a good steal on food props anytime.

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

      Thanks, Carla! Lindsay is pretty awesome.

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    Aggie — September 20, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    I get sick even thinking about public speaking, I feel your pain!! Loved the pics in this post – great conference!

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

      Thank you, Aggie! I wish you were there but I’m sure Savannah was amazing!!

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    Leslie — September 20, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    OMG…. I COULD NEVER SPEAK in public……girl..you are good!!! You deserve a big high five.
    I tried to take public speaking in college THREE times and dropped the class each time!

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

      Huge thanks, Leslie!! :D

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    Kristen — September 22, 2012 @ 12:33 am

    I am so proud of you and know you did an awesome job speaking! Wish I could have been there to listen :)

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    • Julie Deily replied: September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Kristen! It was so good to meet you in person (finally)! Can’t wait til we meet up again!

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    Laura (Got Chocolate) — September 24, 2012 @ 1:10 am

    Wow, congratulations on getting through your speech and getting compliments! I think the subject matter makes ALL the difference. I mean, caboclos? Seriously? I don’t even know what that is. Googling… haha!

    Keep up these fun posts. Love them too!

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    AmyRuth — September 24, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    Nicely done and congratulations to facing your fears! You’re all grown up now. Thank you for sharing your “5′s”

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom — September 25, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    I’m terrible at public speaking. Who’d have thought someone that’s shy would hate speaking in front of a bunch of people? But I do. Even at my wedding I wasn’t nervous about getting married, it was talking in front of everyone that put me on edge.

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    Kelly Senyei — October 11, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    I LOVE these “5 Things” posts, Julie! You are such an inspiration :)

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    Amanda — October 11, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    Great job Julie!! I am sure you had a ton of fantastic information to share… at the conference and on this post! Great prop find!

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