I met with the head honcho LC at Pennse Hospital a few weeks ago. She wants me to put together a 15-20 minute presetntation about slings and such for the breasstfeeding support group that meets weekly. It wuold essentially be advertising for my business. I am really struggling with it. How much should I give away? I want people to pay for what I offer, but I don't want to shortchange them in their 20 minutes either. I want to leave them wishing I could stay and talk some more, I want them to be jazzed about wearing their babies and salivating over the slings that are available. I want there to be lightbulbs and "ah ha!"'s and whoopdeedoo.
And then I see myself standing up there with marbles in my mouth, making a mess of my sentences and looking like I have no business charging people money.
Deep down, I feel like so far I've been very lucky. I'm really winging it with all the newborns; I couldn't get my newborn into a sling to save my life and yet here I am telling people how to do it. I feel like a fraud. Sure I've learned from my own mistakes and everything I could have done differenly blah blah blah, but the "book learning" I have doesn't measure up to real hands on experience.
The other thing that's making me nervous is the "why wear you baby" spech I'm goign to have to make if I want to sell people on this. I don't want people to feel like I'm passing judgements on their parenting style. I don't want to come off as a militant stroller hater, because I am absolutely not. I want it to come accross that I love slinging for it's own sake, not because of the conveniences or how it makes my baby cry less or whatever. That's the stuff people get touchy about, because then they feel like there's a "right" way and a "wrong" way to mother and if they don't do what I say, then they're doing it "wrong". New mothers are very vulnerable, and the last thing I want to do it make them feel inadequate.