I have had this fear for public speaking in a live crowd for a very long time now and it only got amplified when I went for an interview with a government department in 2015 where for the second interview, they gave me a night to create and psych myself up to present in the interview the next day.
At this time, I had 2 fears playing with me one was the presenting and public speaking and the other one was being interviewed for jobs.
Anyway, I put together a great presentation that night and really tried to memories it so that I could present it the next day. I presented it the next day in the interview to the 2 interviewers.
I thought it went okay but could have been improved on here and there anyway I got some really negative feedback about the presentation that has made me even more fearful of presentations ever since.
Statistics say that public speaking and presenting is one of the most common fears in the world and that it even more feared than death.
Well, when you come to think of it who really wants to speak in front of lots of people who sit there the entire time and judge you on your language, your body posture, what you have prepared and put together and how you present it.
It is terrifying right?
Indeed, it is.
Since that time I identified that there is a gap and a challenge for me to over come but I never really did anything about it until the past 20 months on my coaching journey where I have to a point overcome a great deal of that fear through doing Facebook live videos and now I am in 2 weeks’ time upping my game by doing a public speaking boot camp where I will speak inform of people live on zoom and present to then and gain feedback and have them help me overcome my fears.
I have known many project managers in my industry and in other industries who are exactly the same as me with the fear of public speaking and presenting in front of a live audience and a camera and they say that they have very rarely if at all had to do presentations in their roles and have like me managed to avoid it.
Well now I am saying I will no longer be a victim to this fear any longer and that I am better than that. I am frightened, YES anxious, and nervous of going in front of lots of people in that boot camp and presenting to people who will actually be watching and judging me when I do the presentation, but I am also excited because this will open up some many possibilities and options for me in my current career and also in the coaching industry.
I am just going to do it feel the fear and overcome it as it will make me more confident and capable in many areas of my life after doing it.
Have you ever had a massive fear that has been with you for years that you have faced and overcome?
If so what was it?
What did facing the fear do for you afterwards? ©
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