What is fear to you?
Every time I have to talk to a group I get really nervous.
That heart pounding-mouth dry-kind of nervous.
I always assumed it would get better with practice but after giving many talks, I still get the same way.
It’s amazing that somehow I always find myself in front of an audience; whether I’m training a group, facilitating a workshop or delivering a speech.
Public speaking is not something I plan to do but when the opportunity arises, I get excited about the topic and really look forward to sharing.
That is until I’m waiting to speak and the nervousness begins.
Mel Robbins mentioned in a book (or was it her blog?) that she she tells herself that it’s excitement and not fear, which seems to do the trick.
Sad to say, that’s not worked for me. A few minutes into the talk, my mouth is so dry I can barely talk.
But I push through and somewhere on the other side of that fear is an amazing sense of accomplishment that comes from connecting with an audience.
By the time the questions roll in, I’ve gotten into the swing of it and usually end the session on a complete high.
My approach has always been to do the things that scare me.
What’s the point of shrinking away from things because of a little fear?
Putting it in perspective also helps. Fears like the fear of public speaking is just all in your head.
*Imagine if you’re faced with a real physical life threatening situation like being in a burning building, what will be your response then?*
It’s the start of the second half of the year. What are you putting off because you’re afraid?
Take control and conquer that fear.
I’m rooting for you.
Let me know how you get along.