I am speaking at 10:45am, Phoenix, AZ time at the #RFMA2018 Annual Conference.
The topic is “How to make things better when you are too busy.”
Public speaking has been a goal of mine since I was a kid. It’s both exciting and intimidating to actually be doing it.
Almost 6 years ago, I was in a mentoring group where we had to give a 5 minute talk to 5 other people at a retreat. It was recorded.
I stood in front of the group. The camera started. I froze. Nothing came out of my mouth for what felt like the entire time.
In dealing with the embarrassment of the who ordeal, I learned something about myself and about speaking in front of people.
You see, I went up in front of that group with only myself in mind. I wanted them to think I was smart, insightful, and motivating. I bombed.
Speaking is about helping other people. It’s about teaching what you know. It’s not about the speaker. It’s about the audience. That monumental change in focus helped me take the fear out of getting in front of people and sharing what’s in my head.
That being said, I am nervous. I have never been in front of this many people. Yet this time, the nerves are exhilarating. What I am going to share changed my business. It changed my work ethic. It has made things possible that would not have been possible…including today where I am taking the first step towards a dream I have had for a very long time.
Also published on Medium.