I used to be terrified of public speaking. So what did I do? Start a business where I have to be on stage (of course)!
I believe the universe puts us into challenging situations on purpose. I think being pulled out of our comfort zones helps us to learn essential lessons in life, and most importantly, it teaches us valuable secrets about ourselves.
So I learned this trick: DANCE TO STAGE.
Does that internal voice sound familiar?
The one that tells you that you’re not good enough, and you will be judged? Cue the anxiety! Bring on the panic attack! I consulted members of my community and inner circle. One, in particular, Heather White, helped me tremendously. She is a fantastic speaker, coach and was the MC at our first Vancouver conference.
That’s why I share my stories so that others may feel less alone in their insecurities.
It worked, and I got better. I HAD TO DANCE to get myself out on stage in the first few years. It was lifesaving for me because I found people would cheer me on, and the feelings that popped up in my head were no longer harmful. They were the opposite, my internal voice whispered… “oh, they like me – it’s going to be okay.”