Me Naked in Front of a Crowd, Part 1

by Alisa on November 1, 2010

My friend Jane told me recently that headlines with the words “naked” and “Lindsay Lohan” in them always go viral. (She writes the Film Gecko blog, so she would know.) I was afraid to put Lindsay’s name in this header though. After all, this post isn’t about her at all. And she might sue me. There’s that.

No, this post is about me giving my very first speech about two years ago. I was wearing clothes, but I felt very naked at the time. A friend happened to film me, mostly so I could watch it later and critique myself for educational purposes. For instance, when I watched the video, I realized I should try not to bob and weave so much. At any rate, a very smart technical genius recently figured out how to fix the volume on this clip so you could all hear what I’m saying. Please keep in mind that a professional shoot was never the intention here. Still I think you might get something out of this series of videos. What follows is part 1 of my Marriage Myths talk. People laughed, and not because I was naked. You might laugh, too.

A professional journalist, Alisa Bowman is the author of Project: Happily Ever After, a memoir of how she saved her marriage, and coauthor of Pitch Perfect, a must-read if you've ever had a sense of dread tie up your insides before a speech, presentation, or conversation. If you enjoyed this post, you will no doubt love her updates on Facebook and Twitter.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathy November 1, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I think you did fine. The camera operator needs a bit of instruction tho.

Looking forward to parts 2 and 3.


Natalie November 2, 2010 at 6:38 am

You’re adorable. I loved it. Can’t wait to see the next part!


MyKidsEatSquid November 2, 2010 at 9:52 am

I agree with Natalie. Alto I was bummed I think I missed some of the punchlines because people were already laughing!!


Drummer Guy November 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I LOVED it Alisa. You did fine. I used to have to do a LOT of public speaking. Used to TERRIFY me, but I guess the 16years experience as a radio announcer made it easy to cover it up. You would also think after playing music for 30+years in front of between 100-15,000 people it wouldn’t bother me. But it did.

So I remembered the old Brady Bunch show where they told one of the kids to just imagine everybody in the audience naked. So I thought okay I’ll try it. I guess I should have considered that the speech was at a home for senior citizens…LOL :-)

Next time I’ll save that for the national porn stars convention ;-)

You Still ROCK
Ron :-)

Reply June 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Well said!


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