I have this fading fear of public speaking, so whenever I get the chance, I do it. I have to get over this fear. I think my worst public speaking event has at my brother’s wedding, where I was the best man. Talk about pressure. The worst part was knowing it was coming.
Last year, I spoke at a brunch after my wife’s grandmother’s funeral. I had about 20 minutes to prepare for that one, so I quickly thought up some things, jotted down an outline, and ran with it.
While at Affiliate Summit in Miami, I attended a “session” (if you’d call it that) where attendees reflected on what they learned. I had no intention to speak, but this was the perfect opportunity to attack my fear. Here’s what I had to say:
As for some other fears, I wasn’t too fond of flying, so whenever I fly anywhere, I get a window seat and look out the window as we take off and land. Attack the fear.
My latest fear will be realized next week, when my daughter goes to school. I still don’t know how I’m going to handle that one.