I have always found public speaking rather frightening and extremely challenging. With this in mind I have committed to give public talks to try and overcome this fear as it is rather irrational. I guess the worst thing that could happen is that people may think I am a complete idiot. As uncomfortable as that is it will not kill me or cause me any physical harm.
So, it is no use just saying I am going to face the challenge I need to do something about it. I have already committed to one person and told them (after a beer or few) that I would invite them to my first talk in June this year. I have had two topics that I have an interest in and I have been mulling over the ideas in my head for quite some time. So my first talk we either be on Selling without advertising or Focused Leadership in distracting environments. The stage is set and the wheels are in motion. I have found some interesting and useful articles on Public Speaking which I hope will assist me in getting through my first few talks. This article was useful and struck a chord with me as I could relate to the writer and I also completed Toastmasters whilst I was high school.
My challenge is to structure my talk in a way that comes across as authentically me and not something that sounds like a text book talk given by a nervous first timer. Challenge accepted, I am looking forward to standing up in front of a group of people and having my say. The aim of this is two fold; firstly I need to overcome my fear of public speaking and secondly, I honestly believe that what I have to say will add value to the people who hear my talk.
Now that I have written about what I am going do there is no turning back. Before the end of June I would have given at least one talk in public and committed to at least one more.
There is something rather powerful about facing your fears.
Although I find the idea no less scary, I will prepare to face my fears and I look forward to the growth I will experience.