The time has come for me to make a deep, dark, vulnerable admission.
I have a deep fear of public speaking. What’s more, I’m utterly terrified to do videos, especially posting them on YouTube.
Unfortunately, my deep fear of public speaking — along with my preference to write and research in private, coach quietly via phone, enjoy peaceful time near the beach, hang out with one or a few close friends or loved ones — is preventing me from achieving my treasured mission and audacious goals, which is to inspire, guide and serve millions worldwide. I’ve looked up a variety of ways to improve your speaking skills but I’m not sure if it will work for me.
In short, my fear of both public speaking and doing videos is in direct opposition to my core beliefs, cherished dreams, and bold vision for the future.
Not giving enough talks is holding me back. And I’m fed up.
It’s high time for me to Stand Up, Speak out and Serve!
Is it time for you, too, to get out, speak and serve?
Since I”m now preparing and training to Speak to Serve™, I’ve decided to create a new column, in which I’ll periodically tell you about my speaking adventures and share insights and tips from heart-centered speakers and authors, who can help those of us with speaking fears. (For instance, I’ve already received wonderful help from the awesome Jeff Walker and Lisa Sasevich, whose tips I’ll share in future posts.)
Why am I finally making a public confession about my speaking fears? (more…)