Friday, January 30, 2009

7 Things You'll Wish You Didn't Know About Me

Ok, I've been putting this off long enough. I've been generously tagged by Richard Byrne, Carol Broos, Dean Shareski, Cory Plough, Jennifer Dorman and Patti Harju for the 7 Things Meme. The difficulty in writing this is that I just couldn't think of 7 things about myself that I haven't already revealed to the world. So, I'm going to share some facts about myself that some of you may know, but most probably do not.

  1. Most people say I appear to be very confident. Truth be told, I doubt myself constantly.

  2. I've come a long, long way since I started teaching and I would (literally) get sick if I had to speak in front of a group of people. Now, although I still get pretty nervous, I'm able to give presentations at conferences and I co-host a local TV show called PalmBreezeCAFE. Those who know me, know how far I've come.

  3. Except for Canada and Mexico, I've never traveled outside the United States.

  4. When I was 13, I had a CB radio in my room. My handle was "NorthStar" and I used to stay up late at night "chatting" with my "good buddies." I should have known I was destined for Geekdom.

  5. In high school I was part of a dance group that got to compete in the Florida Thespian dance championship. It was our rendition of The Wiz' Ease On Down The Road that got us there. I was the TinMan! (Can't dance at all now.)

  6. I collect Bobble Heads. A few of my favorites are: Dick Vitale, Steve Hanson, Mean Joe Green, Billy Lindsay and Steve Irwin (he talks).

  7. I have a belly button ring.
So, there you have it. Belly-ring and all.


stacykasse said...

What fun. Thanks for sharing. Stacy

mantz's_mission said...

I am not surprised by your past in dancing for some reason. However, I am very surprised by your feeling of being uncomfortable speaking or even the self-confidence issue. You do a great job on the show and helping others whether it is on a PLN or your blogs.
Best Wishes,
Dean Mantz

Cory Plough said...

Yeah, I think that belly-button ring is only the start of mysterious things about Lee.

I know how you feel about doubt and also presentations. I used to drop any class in college that had a speaking requirement. Finally, when I could drop no more, I took a speech class. Luckily I could write, so I ended up writing some decent speeches and doing just enough in performing them that I began to get noticed. That notoriety led to speaking in front of some important people and those few months of practice really helped.

I still get shaky, hot, queasy and other when I have to go in front of my peers. Biggest difference now though, I think of each time as a goal to accomplish, as a mountain to climb, and as a point of achievement.... and it helps. c

Patti Harju said...

Thanks for sharing Lee!

It is surprising that you are uncomfortable when public speaking - you appear so relaxed in the Palm Beach Cafe spot. I am relaxed when my audience is children, add an adult and it always changes. I remember 10 great things I should have said after I speak.
I have only traveled to Canada (just over the Michigan border) and one cruise in the Bahamas. I still need to get further west than Minnesota.

A belly button ring sounds fun...My kids would flip if I got one.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Again, had a wonderful time at FETC, largely thanks to you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Again, had a wonderful time at FETC, largely thanks to you.

loonyhiker said...

I enjoyed learning more about you. I would never have guessed 1 and 2 about you because you always seem so confident and "together"! I hope someday when I'm visiting my parents that we get a chance to meet!

Anonymous said...

Lee, I'm getting into tech coaching with my staff but have a lot of doubts about my own abilities/skills. Weird but also comforting to know that someone who I consider knowledgeable/creative feels similarly.