Recently, I had a connection through one of my Social Media relationships. Her fear resonated with me as I was petrified to speak in front of an audience. Although there were only 30 people in a speech class, I could not perform. I felt overwhelmed and blew off the preparation to give an exemplary presentation. As a result, I received a zero for the class. My friend, Susan, had a similar experience:
“At University (about a million years ago it seems), I had to give a presentation in front of the class. I fainted due to panic. Hmmm. My professor had suggested to exercise the following:
(1) Practice in front of a mirror,
(2) Imagine the audience naked, with their socks on.
Stupid, but it worked. I have presented and facilitated in front of more than a 100 people at a time, and have become really good at it (am really at home in front of a group now). Am always nervous before hand, but learned to love the nerves… gives me the edge… So, this was a change in perspective.”
Susan realized that even though she was nervous giving a talk in front of her audience, she knew how to utilize pragmatic tools for success. Her preparation and levity drove her to yearn for each Keynote speaking opportunity. She was NOT concerned about what others thought about her. She knew that the end goal was to convey a message to educate and to deliver inspiration to her audiences.
Perspective makes ALL the difference in the world. Find out, deep inside, what gives you that ‘edge’ and not worry about what others think of your performance.