Two weeks ago, I was featured on Keloland Living, a daily lifestyle show that’s run by a local news channel. For someone who’s spoken in front of a lot of people before (including delivering the commencement address at my college graduation!), and as someone who teaches in front of the classroom every day, I was surprisingly nervous to be on television. But despite all of the lights and the cameras, my heart-pounding nerves fell still as I began to speak about how important I think it is to share our stories, our real selves, with others.
If you haven’t seen my segment already, take a look below, and then keep on scrollin’ for my three major takeaways from this experience!
Learning Moment #1: Practice Makes (Almost) Perfect.
As I was driving myself to the studio before filming, I spent my entire drive through the city limits of Sioux Falls talking to myself. While I’m sure everyone who drove by me simply thought I was singing along to the radio, I actually was practicing talking about this space, my blog, my passion for equipping and inspiring other writers – women, especially – to share their stories, and how I found my WHY, my voice. This technique proved immensely helpful in calming my nerves, and I think it panned out well in the segment itself.
Learning Moment #2: Check Out How Your Outfit Looks While You’re SITTING.
I agonized over what to wear on Keloland Living nearly every moment from the time that the producer, Kayla, reached out to me, until the second I stepped on stage. While my bathroom mirror and I became besties by the time filming day arrived, I didn’t ever – not once! – check how my outfit looked while SITTING, which, coincidentally, I was doing for MY ENTIRE SEGMENT. Oops!
Learning Moment #3: Bring a Loved One to the Studio.
My husband, Jordan, accompanied me to the studio on filming day. His presence and encouragement is always calming to me in times of stress or anxiety, and that was only further confirmed when I was filming my segment. What I didn’t expect, though I should have, is his unparalleled support for and pride in me and my story. My mom told me once that Jordan is my biggest cheerleader, and she’s never said something more true.
BONUS LEARNING MOMENT: My Kids’ Reactions!
My kids think I’m SO COOL because I was on TV. Quincy’s reaction is captured on Instagram (see my highlight called “Sara’s on TV!”), and while I didn’t record Lionel’s reaction, his was quite similar – just subtract the clapping and add tackle-hugs and kisses galore.
Many thanks again to Keloland Living for having me, and especially to Kayla for reaching out to me initially and to Brittany for being so generous with her questions and for keeping me at ease during the recording of my segment. I can’t wait for next time!