Have You Ever Done Something That Scares You?

Have you ever done something that scares you?

I think everyone has something that makes them sweat, whether it is a fear of heights, a fear of flying, or like me, speaking in front of a live audience. I don’t mind doing video (as long as no one is in the room with me) but the thought of standing in front of a large group and giving a speech makes me feel nauseated. I actually get butterflies just writing that down!! But put me on a plane to travel half way around the world, piece of cake, bathe an elephant, cook for 20 people, no problem, stand up to speak, no thanks!

Thailand Elephant Adventure

Thailand Elephant Adventure

When I started Wanderlust Scarves I didn’t really think about public speaking being important to my business, but like everything, my plans have evolved. I now see how being able to share more about my business and my plans for the future, in a confident, clear and concise manner will be a big advantage for me.

One of the things I have thought about for years is joining a Toastmasters group and thanks to a friend who invited me to an open house at her Toastmasters group, I think I have found my group too. I love the concept of a safe and supportive place to learn and hone my speaking (and listening) skills.

Why am I sharing this with you? Well, mostly as a reminder that sometimes things are hard and scary, but are still a great idea. I encourage you to try something that scares you a bit because on the other side of that fear is an amazing sense of accomplishment.

Thailand Beach

Thailand Beach

I have only just joined Toastmasters but just making that first step has already given me a boost of confidence.

I am not sure who said this but I LOVE it and I often repeat it to my self “Success comes at the end of your comfort zone”.

What are you going to do to get out of your comfort zone?

1 Comment

  1. Gisele

    Toastmasters! Good for you, Heidi! Public speaking is a very scary thing for most people. I’m so proud of you for tackling your fear!


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