It’s the 18th day of January, and I’m slacking on my 2012 goals!! Yikes! What’s going to happen on the other 347 days.
At the last minute, I was asked to speak about why my Toastmaster’s club is so successful. And of course, I mumbled and grumbled because I didn’t want to do it. Matter of fact, I was looking for the nearest exit! (Did I seriously forget that one of my goals is to speak EVERY chance I get! Worse yet, did I seriously forget that I am a member of Toastmasters and the MAIN reason I joined was to be a better speaker!).
I had to put on the brakes! Hold up, wait a minute. I’ve been in Toastmasters for almost a year now. I’ve given numerous prepared speeches and have worked on my off the cuff speaking through Table Topics. I CAN DO THIS! So, I mustered up courage, got up there, and gave a 3 minute speech (yes, it was a measly 180 second speech) about why my club is a-w-e-s-o-m-e.
I realized one MAJOR thing after stepping down from the stage?
My fear of public speaking is slowly disappearing into the atmosphere. I used to totally get worked up about what the audience thought about me: Do they think my clothes look nice? Is there food hanging from my mouth? Man, they must think I’m a dummy for saying that word. Is the audience bored to death?
Sure, I’m not 100% comfortable in front of strangers. But, I have come so far!! I don’t suffer from nervous sweats, a fast beating heart, blank out moments, or stuttering. Through practice and building confidence in myself, I am slowly becoming that amazing speaker that I’m striving to be.
People always talk about being fearful of public speaking? But, what is it about public speaking that terrifies you?