Sometimes we don’t know until we try.
While preparing for the last Catch A Wave Business Competition,
We hit a snag.
In the first event a year prior, we had Ron Wiley, our illustrious local Radio Host, emcee the event,
And he did a fantastic job.
That’s what he does best…
And keeps them engaged on a topic.
But Ron told us he was already committed to hosting another event that night,
So he wouldn’t be able to do it.
I started scrambling…
Is there another radio host that would do it?
Think outside the box, Greg, who else could do it?
Then, a few of my teammates on the planning committee suggested that I do it.
At first, I scoffed.
‘I’ve never been an emcee, I have no idea how to do it.’
‘Plus,’ I thought, ‘I’m not funny… Doesn’t an emcee need to be funny?’
As I continued looking for someone else who could do it,
The idea of doing myself took root…
I had all sorts of doubts and concerns:
What if no one comes?
What if I make a Steve Harvey-like blunder?
Finally, I remembered that I wrote the script for Ron the year prior,
And this competition and the local entrepreneurs it serves are my passion,
So I decided to do it.
Somehow I managed to hide my armpit sweat stains by keeping my arms low,
And hid my shaking knees behind the podium,
But I did it!
And the competition was another amazing success,
With over 200 people in attendance from the community, which is a lot for our tiny little island community.
I even had folks coming up to me after, people I didn’t know, congratulating me on the job I did hosting,
Which I was not expecting.
Now I know I can emcee an event.
I’d still be nervous about it,
But I Know I Can Do It.
I didn’t know that before I put myself out there.