Fear: Crushing the Fear of Public Speaking
Sep 19, 2019
Do you know the #1 Fear of people?
A fear I'm not immune to in the slightest bit. In fact, I feel sheer terror from the thought of having to speak in front of a crowd! So much so that I've avoided it at all costs, and I mean, ALL costs.
Call in sick, not show up, vanish were my default response on days I had to give a speech or stand before an audience.
Though I realized, to grow as a writer and author, I needed to get this handled!
So one year ago this week, I took action by joining an organization to improve my public speaking.
Having done and taught so much personal development, I knew it was a matter of just doing it enough
...or so I hoped.
From that moment, I practiced, practiced, and practiced giving speeches or doing any roles that got me in front of people.
There were numerous moments I questioned the decision, thinking there must be easier ways to market and promote myself.
But I knew the key was consistency
No matter what excuse my mind came up to give up or take a break, I kept at it.
In the past 12 months, I wrote and gave over 25 speeches, and performed countless other roles at the organization.
Few months ago, I was offered an opportunity to keynote an event
Excitement and fear coursed through my body, but I accepted the challenge head on...and practiced some more.
Last night, I gave that keynote to an audience of 60+ people. I was the main speaker and spoke for an 1 hour & half.
It's the first event I've done like that.
It was a hit!
Fundamental principles I teach of action & consistency came through.
Hope this inspires you to take action and stay consistent with something in your life.
Keep on keeping on :)
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