I did the HTRSW back in Dec 2013 with Joe Pane and I wanted to share a win with you.
In 2014 I used what I had learnt sporadically to do the odd training or webinar but didn't really have much confidence with it. My limiting beliefs were very much holding me back.
Anyway in November I decided to exhibit at the GO Festival (Melbourne's Women's Expo) held this past weekend and was offered the chance of some stage time. Originally my head told me to say no but then I put my big girl undies on and said yes knowing I had the skills, I just needed to use them. Upshot was I got stage time on each day of the three day festival.
So in advance I formatted the content, practised a few times and on the whole was ready for the experience.
Day one, I got onto stage and disaster! There was no one in the audience. Instead of panicking and giving up (my previous modus operandi) I took a moment to collect myself and then spent 15 minutes talking to myself. Towards the end I attracted a group of about 4 ladies who started to listen so I did a quick recap and then finished within my 25 minutes time allowance. Was it perfect? No! Did I forget stuff? Yes! Did it matter? No! Did I want to do it again? Hell Yes!!
Looking at the run sheet for the next days program I find I am actually talking on a different subject on day two (crossed wires between me and the organiser) so on the evening of day one, once I get my kids in bed I format subject number 2 and do a practice.
Day two, new topic, one practise under my belt. Stand up to an audience of 3 people. I wanted to do a happy dance :). Was it perfect? No! Did I talk too fast? Yes! Did I forget stuff? Yes! Did it matter? No! Did I enjoy it? Yes!!
Day three and I literally fell onto the stage tripping as I walked up the steps. Previously I would have been mortified on this occasion I laughed it off, made a joke and carried on. Was it perfect? No! Did I talk too fast? Yes! Did I forget stuff? Yes! Did it matter? No! Do I want to do more speaking from stage in the future? Oh My God YES YES YES!
I had a blast speaking from stage and can't wait to find other opportunities for me to do just that.
So the purpose of this email is not only to tell you a story you can use in the future if you wish to, but also to thank you and in fact TCI as a whole for taking a shy, self-conscious and nervous lady and empowering her to face the worst nightmare of many public speakers, an empty room, and overcome it while still having fun. Not only that, but I was able to embrace uncertainty, let go of the outcome and release the need for perfection all BIG limiters for me in the past.