Approximately 25% of the population’s biggest fear is public speaking.
I guess I’m in the 75th percentile. I’ve always loved speaking in front of others, and as a teacher, that’s my job. I speak every day in front of approximately 100 students, and I regularly speak in front of parents and colleagues.
You know what the irony is? I’m an introvert. Yes, you read that right. I’m somewhat of a homebody and need to recharge my battery after a lot of socializing.
I’m what you call an INFJ personality. Don’t know what that means? Read about it HERE.
At the beginning of 2018, I created a vision board of goals I wanted to attain for myself, and one of those items was public speaking. In January, I fervently looked for opportunities that would allow me to do that.
After months of anticipation, I have to tell you, it was one of the most invigorating experiences I’ve ever had! My 45-minute slot seemed to fly by, and I felt a real kinship with the audience.
I spoke about Brand Ambassadorships and how to navigate them, and explained how important it is to be authentic and to show passion, bravery, and positivity.
Of course there was a lot more to my presentation, but you’ll have to come hear me speak if you want to know. 😉
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
I connected one-on-one with people who were in the audience following the presentation, and it was truly magical.
Even though I’m turning 50 in January, I want others to realize that age shouldn’t keep them from pursuing dreams that they’ve long held. I’ve wanted to be a speaker for decades, and I’m not sure what’s been holding me back.
I think some of it was Impostor Syndrome – a topic I will write more about in the future. The basic premise is that you feel like a fraud and a phony. That you don’t deserve or have the right to put yourself out there or to speak on topics.
Another part of it was that I’m a full-time teacher and mom of three, how can I possibly do something else? How can I add more to my plate?
You know what? If you want something bad enough, anything is possible.
I’m tired of doubting and second-guessing myself.
I guess my mid-life “crisis” is really a mid-life “breakthrough!”
Do you have something you’re longing to do, but hold yourself back? I’d love to hear your thoughts.