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Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway

Monday, January 28, 2013

I used to do quite a bit of education and training--all involving significant public speaking. But I don't step into that role very often anymore.

Yesterday I joined a friend to lead a short workshop: Creating an Intentional Year. Stepping into that role scared me. I loved the topic, but I felt rusty and nervous. But I knew I had something to share and a big part of me wanted to face the fear and stare it down!

I think I question my social fears more than any other kind. It makes sense to me to fear physical risks--as exhilarating as it might be to jump out of an airplane, I'm fine with feeling that fear and not jumping! I guess sky diving is not my risky cup of tea! But fearing a bit of embarrassment from talking to or connecting to others....well that seems a bit nuts to me and I want to get through it when it comes up. I suspect that if take myself less seriously I will do more and have a heck of a lot more fun in life.

So yesterday, I felt my fear, but stepped out of my comfort zone and into the workshop. I felt pretty confident once I got started and mostly I loved connecting with the 17 women who joined us yesterday. It reminded me of hanging around Spark with a group of Spark friends sharing what we know! Not very scary at all.
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WINDSONG26 1/28/2013 10:21PM

    Good for you!

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OKBACK2ME 1/28/2013 9:49PM

    I bet you were Awesome! I know I hate being in front of crowds!

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/28/2013 8:00PM

    You did it, well done. One of the best pieces of advice I ever had with regards to public speaking was to act relaxed, although you may be quivering inside, eventually the act becomes the reality and you start enjoying it. emoticon emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 1/28/2013 2:11PM

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KAYOTIC 1/28/2013 10:19AM

    This really resonates with me, as it's something I've been working on lately! Good for you for jumping in!

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CELIAMINER 1/28/2013 9:44AM

    Outstanding! You not only got past a fear, you also boosted your confidence and made a difference in those women's lives!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/28/2013 9:05AM

    Sounds like a great workshop.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/28/2013 8:47AM

    You're doing it, and I'm proud of you!

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NELLJONES 1/28/2013 8:28AM

    Fear of embarrassment or humiliation is common to all social creatures. Even my cats look around when they fall off the table. Uncomfortable as humiliation is, it won't kill you. As a matter of fact, we all admire people who can screw up royally and keep walking with head high. I'd love to hear the internal dialogue in that situation. It would sure help me.

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MPERCAL 1/28/2013 7:17AM

    I'm in awe of people who manage to not only stretch beond their limits but also excel at doing so. Congratulations!

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KANOE10 1/28/2013 7:01AM

    Good for you facing your fear and leading that workshop. It sounded sucessful

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JGRAY76 1/28/2013 6:20AM

    Good for you! I'm certain fear of public speaking is at the top of the list for most of us.

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