Since it was announced that The Venue Collective is closing its doors, I've had a few speaking opportunities come out of the woodwork. The last time I spoke formally was a year or so ago at Melbourne Polytechnic, so I was a little rusty to say the least.
Still, I'm not one to say no to a good opportunity and hoped I could impart some useful knowledge, so I jumped at it.
The first talk was a great way to ease back into speaking - it was a one-on-one Q&A session for RMIT University's 'Morning Phase' talks, which were organised by the music class.
I was invited to discuss social media and online marketing in the music industry, and the talks were open to the public so there were a few musicians and other music types also in the audience.
My talk was the last of the four week series, with Chloe turner from Listen Records and Music Victoria, musician Simona Castricum, and André Hillas, the founder and director of Paradise Music Festival and manager of Melbourne act, Friendships, all taking part in previous weeks.
It was nice to be back at RMIT (I graduated with a Bachelor of Communication back in 2008). It was a little nerve wracking but a fun experience, and they gave me a bottle of wine for doing it, which was an exciting bonus!
The other speaking engagement was last week at the Australian Institute of Music. The class teacher (Ash from Higher Plains) asked me to come in and do a guest lecture for the students as they were looking at social media that week.
The lecture was a little more daunting than the Q&A format but I shouldn't have worried. The students seemed to appreciate the content and were very attentive.
Public speaking will probably make me nervous for years to come, but it gets easier each time and the rewards are worth it.
Here's to the next gig!