Public speaking is something that many people try to avoid. I am not necessarily shy, however, I prefer writing over speaking any day. Writing allows me time to delete and rewrite. Writing allows time to think and rethink and think over and over think. Speaking -especially public speaking- requires boldness and surety and confidence. Once the words leave your lips, there’s no un-doing. there’s no delete and re-speak. So you better get it right the first time. Public speaking is just NOT my thing.
So I joined the Toastmasters club. and volunteered the first opportunity I got…yes, I jumped right in. This “jumping” was my breakthrough. I am one of those who dread being called on. one of the ones who pray silently to suddenly go invisible. However, this “jumping” surprised me as well as those that I was standing in front of. It wasn’t expected. The “new girl”? Yes, and turns out I wasn’t as afraid as I thought. I realized that once I got into it, the words just flowed. The best way to overcome your fear is to face it. So I did. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a long way to go. The good thing is I took that first step/jump. This was my breakthrough.