In my quest to be the Rachael Ray of flowers, and I mean that in the best way, I attempted to follow her path. She used to do demos and classes at the upscale grocery store she worked at. So I thought to myself, I should do the same. Whole Foods was welcoming, and it was a really good fit. I was still a novice of sorts, with my fledgling business starting to grow bit by bit, call by call, knock by knock.
I remember being so very nervous. I took a deep breath, and just went for it. I think the thing about public speaking that creates such fear in people is that the audience is just staring at you, often without an expression to go off of. Most people are hard to read. They have resting bitch face. They may be tired, but are still engaged. And as you're talking you think, Do I really sound like this?
After I got over that hump, I really started to enjoy teaching classes. I love answering questions and helping people. I had a caterer, Amy's Culinary Adventures, come up to me at an event. She said she took a class from me once (I think in my old DTLA studio space above the flower mart), years ago, and still remembers the tips I gave her for doing buffet table flower arrangements. That was really cool to hear!