This is one of my favorite testimonies.
When I would hear the word public speaking, there was always that third word connected.
In 1996, I published a teen magazine where it allowed teens to interview celebrities and athletes, attend concerts with press passes. The students were able to utilize the magazine which helped them obtain journalism scholarships. One year we were awarded a television show and I was scared to talk on the show until one day my teen host did not show. I had to fill in the gap. The camera man thought they would have to take me to the emergency room thinking I would have an anxiety attack on the set.
From that day forward, I told myself in order to conquer public speaking I must confront it. Moving forward here are eight things that removed the word “scared” next to Public Speaking for me:
1. I would attend seminars, workshops, etc., and I would always raise my hand. I would think of a question to ask.
2. I was awarded another television and I accepted.
3. I joined a speaking organization called Toastmasters and Business Networking International where we would do commercials.
4. I started reading and learning about my craft and became knowledgeable in my subject area. (Most times I have noticed when people are afraid to speak it’s because they think they don’t have information inside to deliver).
5. I would rehearse my speech over and over and practice in the mirror. I used to write my speech verbatim. I would record my speeches and listen. I used my husband as my audience.
6. When people invited me to speaking engagements, I would accept.
7. I started creating my own workshops and seminars.
8. I came to the conclusion that I am an expert and I can deliver some information that the audience needs to know.
Since I am no longer afraid to speak in public:
I am a cohost on a radio show
I have gotten paid at speaking events
I have mentored young people all over Florida
I do yearly workshops and seminars
I have had the opportunity to meet some great people
I have closed some real estate deals
I generate seven percent of my income due to public speaking engagements. I know seven percent may not sound like a lot but the opportunity is just so wide.
The Answer to Public Speaking:
Persistent, Prepare, & Practice
A small audience but picked up two clients.
Karen Jones Lewis, Realtor