Well, I heard that The Moth was coming to Melbourne, and, as I had never been to their events I first got a ticket. Having bought my ticket I had a commitment to go. I checked on how to get there and it wasn't too onerous. Then I set about working out how I would tell my story.
Came the evening, I left early to be able to put in my bid to speak. It was simply a form to fill out, which was then placed in a hat (actually a bag). When the event was about to start for a packed audience, the MC drew a name out of the hat and announced the name. She then kept on entertaining the audience for two more minutes before the storyteller came on and gave a five minute story.
When the first story was finished, that lady was asked to draw out the next storyteller's name, and it was ME! I was delighted on two grounds; never having seen this before I was glad I was not first, and I was happy to have my name drawn out. So, two minutes later I was at the microphone telling my story, actually a compilation of events but nonetheless a good story.
Having overcome my nerves and transport problems was a tremendous relief and then getting an opportunity to speak made it a wonderful night. I will go again next time they have an event.