The Time Is Near – Wish Me Luck!

public speakingHello everyone!  As some of you know I am speaking at a college this Friday, for one whole hour, to a group of ladies about budgeting, saving, student loans, and buying a home.  I was asked to speak about those topics for people who are just starting out, and I said yes, while a little but very loud voice screamed NOOOOOOO!! Fear caused me to want to say no, but courage caused me to step outside of my comfort zone to get things done.  If I want to get better at communicating my message, saying YES was the only answer.  Public speaking is a conversation you have with more than one person, so I can do this!

I am trying to prepare my speaking outline just with bullet points so I can freely speak about what I know so much about, but plan to prepare a full blown outline just in case I freeze up or forget what my name is.  😉  It could happen so I am planning for it, but praying for a superior delivery.  If I do as well as I did in my public speaking class I have nothing to worry about, so please wish me luck.

As you may or may not have noticed, I was unable to complete last weeks goals.  I was hoping to give you a credit card tour around the globe post, as well as a debt free story post to inspire you.  My beautiful wife is a nurse and last week worked four 12’s in a row (M-Th), but also had to do it from 7p.m. to 7a.m. instead of 7a.m. to 7p.m.  She is required to do it from time to time, so we knew it was coming but it is always such an adjustment, especially for her.  Needless to say, we were all out of whack as quick as Wednesday.

We try not to use day care so I was on duty full time and then had to work both Thursday and Friday night, late night.  I hoped to squeeze out a couple more posts last week but just couldn’t pull it off.  My apologies. (Oh yeah! we just received our new license plates for my wife’s paid-for Volvo, and I also sold the CRX for $300! YEAH BABY!)


I wanted to let you know that I would be somewhat inactive this week as I spend most of my time in preparation for the BIG DAY.  Who knows, maybe I can take a break and pump out a comprehensive post or two along the way, but I can’t promise anything.  I am thinking that I will officially make this LINK WEEK.  So I will put together a few posts to highlight some great articles as well as great bloggers, and may even jump in the time machine to bring you some old posts from the very beginning here at EOD.

I know some people need their motivational injections of debt free medicine so I promise to be back in full force next week.  Until then…back to the anti-debt cave! 😀

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12 Responses to “The Time Is Near – Wish Me Luck!”

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  1. Jeff says:

    Good luck on Friday. I think the idea about bullets is the only way to go. You know what you’re talking about so it let’s you TALK. It’s not a reading engagement, it’s a Speaking engagement. Best of luck. You should video tape it and post it for all of us to see. That would be good motivation for your followers.

  2. Golda Edwards says:

    Good luck on Friday, Brad!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!! You are talking about what you live so it will come naturally!! Just share it like you would with me if I were in the audience!!!


  3. Money Funk says:

    Congrats on the Car

    Love the License plate

    And when you reach that podium, you are going to have so much stature and confidence that your speech will come out perfectly! I have no doubt (wish I was there to listen to it!). 🙂

  4. Peacebug says:

    Best of luck! You’ll be great. I think you should record it and post it here. 🙂

  5. J. Money says:

    Get ‘er Done! You’ll be awesome my man, no doubt at all 🙂

  6. Congrats on the speaking engagement! You’ll do great. Just be yourself and it’ll all work out. I know it can be a bit nerve racking at first but after you do it a few times it’ll feel like second nature.

    I use to play in a couple of rock bands back in the day and I was terrified the first few time I had get up in front of a crowd and play a show, but over time it became second nature and a lot of fun.

    Also congrats on selling the car. Now if I could only sell my snowmobile.

    Best of Luck,


    • Brad Chaffee says:

      Thanks again everyone! I am gonna get her done for sure. I plan to read as much as I can handle this week on my topics so that when Friday comes it will be like a pleasant conversation because everything will be fresh on my mind. I am also using the visualization technique. I am visualizing me up there dominating the stage! 😀

  7. Hey Brad, just wanted to say a quick congrats to you! I agree with another person who commented here, why not have it recorded and post it here? 🙂 You will do great!

    Cheers to your speech success!

  8. Blake says:

    I would probably feel the exact same way if asked to give a similar presentation, and hopefully I would have the courage to accept as well! 😀

    I joined Toastmasters a few months ago, and it’s been an awesome experience. I learn and grow my confidence a little bit more with each meeting. Is TM by chance the class you were referring too?

  9. Dave says:

    You are going to do awesome man. Don’t let it worry you. Just talk to the college folks like you are writing a post. Make it fun. Don’t just be statistics. Be funny and open. The more comfortable people feel with you, the more receptive to your message they will be. Can’t wait to see the rush of new readers to Enemy of Debt come Friday night.

    Good luck…

  10. Ashley says:

    Good luck with your speaking engagement and I’m sure it will go off smoothly! I’ve found that public speaking is all about being relaxed. Don’t over think and be yourself and your sure to be successful 🙂

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