“Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!”
Yep, this sage articulation of things going completely off-rail by Dr. Peter Venkman immediately came to mind when I read Joe Saul-Sehy’s email asking me if I would like to participate in a Stacking Benjamins’ roundtable.
Really, Joe? Wasn’t it bad enough that you subjected poor Linda, Paula, and Greg to one of my twisted posts during a recent roundtable? Do you really need to scare off what few remaining listeners you have by bringing me on the show?
Haha! In all honesty, it was a true honor being asked to join a Stacking Benjamins’ roundtable. And I leapt at the opportunity for two reasons.
First, it’s a great freakin’ show, and it’s regularly listed as one of the best personal finance podcasts around (see here, here, and here). So I’d be crazy not to hook up with Joe and the gang via his dad’s shortwave radio.
The second reason I accepted is a little more embarrassing. My biggest fear in life is public speaking. I’m okay one-on-one or in a small group, but as soon as I have an audience, I freeze up and turn into a hyperventilating fool.
Being a lousy public speaker, of course, isn’t the end of the world. Just because you can’t perform Shakespeare in the Park or address a joint session of Congress doesn’t mean you’re destined to lead a dreary life. But we here in the personal finance blogosphere are always pushing our readers to step outside of their comfort zones. And for good reason. Risk-taking is the secret sauce of life. It’s how we create. It’s how we grow emotionally, financially, and intellectually. So rather than give Joe some BS excuse on why I couldn’t join the roundtable, I decided to confront my fears.
So how did I do?
Abysmally, of course. But that’s okay. Joe is a fantastic host. And my two fellow roundtablers, Eric Rosenberg and Hilary Hendershott, were very entertaining and very gracious. They made me feel like I belonged—although, Hilary did go after me a little toward the end of the podcast.
Okay, groovy freedomists, that’s all I got. Check out the link to the show below. Hopefully, you won’t find my cringe-worthy moments as numerous as I think you will. Peace.