I’m not afraid that my contribution will be controversial or disruptive, that people will not know what to do with it or disagree with it. I’m afraid they won’t want to do anything with it. I’m afraid it will be boring. I’m afraid people have already heard it, and better, from speakers with flashier slides and more compelling anecdotes. I’m not afraid they’ll throw fruit and boo. I’m afraid they’ll yawn.
We know this is garbage, right? We know that the best truths bear retelling and that people are not yearning for visuals and witticisms. We know that. Still, we’re afraid our contribution is nothing special.
The best way to overcome the fear? Say yes. Commit to a deadline. Set a timer.
Time’s up. Time to give what you’ve got.