So next week, I'm going to be speaking at MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers. Apparently, someone pointed the coordinator to a post I made about arguing with my oldest daughter about her cleaning up her room and how all of that brou-ha-ha seemed rather unimportant when she moved away to college. And so I'm speaking to this group next week, which means I'll probably need to figure out something at least pseudo-worthwhile/interesting to say. (oh, snap.)
I remember when I had preschoolers and older moms would say to me, "Oh, how the time flies! Oh, how you'll miss the fingerprints on the glass door! Oh, how you won't mind the hours they kept you awake at night! ...." and I'd think, "Oh, how you need to get on with phase II of your life! Oh, how you need to come babysit so I can get a nap!" So I kind of want to avoid the Martyred Mom with No Signs of Life Outside of Kids Syndrome speech.
There's a little added pressure here because these women have preschoolers, or babies, and they will have put them in child care and paid a small fee to participate in this group. Since they've gone to a lot of effort to be there, I'd better have something to say.
I've been trying to remember what I've been taught about public speaking: make eye contact, don't talk too long, use humor if you can, know your audience, etc. I Googled "speaking to a group of women," and the first result was "How to Talk to Women," as in "how to get them to date you." If there's one thing I know for sure about my audience, it's that they don't want to date me.
So what do you think? Do you have any ideas?