For years, I’ve had a fear of public speaking, as I’ve shared here. Here’s the irony: Despite having written two bestselling books, I made a point NOT to do much public speaking. Yes, speaking in front of audiences terrified me that much! Enough already!
Can you relate? Have you, too, avoided something because it scared you?
Anyhow, in the past few weeks, I’ve become determined. Single focused. Adamantly insistent. I’ve decided that long before the release next year (March 10, 2020) of my third book, I blew my diet! Now what?, I will become a fearless, inspiring speaker so I can reach the people, who most need my help and guidance so they can Rebound After Relapse, as I put it.
It’s high time that I stop hiding!
I just cannot avoid speaking any longer, because my new messages, I know, could help so many people. After all, some 117 million Americans go on a diet every year but within weeks, months or years, roughly 95 percent of them fail. (That’s something that happened to me seven years ago when I brokenheartedly pigged out on processed carbs after my Mom angrily died.)
Because I really want to serve hundreds of thousands of people in a much bigger way, it’s time to speak. People — like you? — need my valuable information and super-simple, transformative tools.
So, at last, although I’m a huge introvert, this is the year that I’m beginning to speak dangerously, as the inspiring Susan Cain put it.
In fact, I’m just following Cain’s lead. She began to speak dangerously to get ready for the publication of her book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
Now check out how fabulous a speaker she is! Just watch her brilliant, mezmerizing TED talk on The Power of Introverts.)
To achieve my goal this year of becoming a charismatic, powerful, motivating speaker, I know I need help and speaking training.
To that end, I recently took The Power to Wow course with Lynn Rose. Before that, I enjoyed Kymberlee Weil’s Road to the Red Circle event. And while I was still healing couple of years ago, I also studied with the dynamic Bo Eason and the impressive Victoria Labalme.
Now that I’m getting more and more determined than ever to Speak to Serve (as I like to put it), I’ve really upped the ante.
I recently signed up for a speaking contest — yikes! — which is part of the upcomingAdvance Your Reach Live event presented by Pete Vargas.
Already, I’ve shifted. Less than two weeks ago, I still preferred to hide. I was that incredibly nervous about speaking!
Now, though, I’m getting invigorated thinking about and practicing speaking.
Now, to get in the I-can-do-it frame of mind to become a spectacular, motivating, fearless speaker, I invited cartoonist Isabella Bannerman to invent a fun image of my winning as a speaker.
Without further ado, here’s Isabella’s cartoon (see above). where I’m fearlessly triumphing as a speaker and inspiring my audience. Woo Hoo!
(FYI, a while back, Bannerman previously created a poke-fun-of-my-speaking fear caricature of me — I was cowering behind a stage! But not anymore!)
Have you, too, held yourself back from something important, because you preferred to hide rather than tackle something that terrifies you?
Join me! What HUGE goal have you been avoiding but would like to achieve? Tell us about it. Then go for it!