As the age of four, Mom tossed me on the church stage to say a speech. Not only did I get tossed, so did every kid she had! Mom loved those speeches!
As each kid grew older, the speeches grew longer. Consequently, when high school, college and grad school presentations involved standing in front of an audience, I did not get "the jitters." This continued well into adulthood. But...after being interviewed by a friend and he announced I was good enough to have my own show...I said, "Oh no!" It was one thing to speak for a few minutes, another to host a show!
In an effort to build my confidence, he said, "You're good!" Slowly, the idea took root, and at the time, being a prolific writer and author of two books, it was natural to plan a show entitled "Talk to the Author with Dr. Mamie Smith." And... I learned I could pick my topics, materials, interviewees and everything! I had free reign! Wow! Early in my first year, it was an honor to interview Motown Flutist Dayna Hardwick!
That was great! Imagine little ol' me sitting and talking with such a famous, yet gracious lady! That's a story I will write in the future!