If there is one thing that has held me back over the course of my career it would have to be my shyness. I’m naturally an introvert and will often feel intimidated by a room full of people. Of course the thought of standing up in front of that group and speaking is damn near terrifying. Promoting my previous tourism business was difficult. I was part of a high-energy industry with lots of fun, young and loud go-getters but I was the exact opposite. Fast forward to my years in Local Government and I found myself much more confident and outgoing. Unfortunately though the fear of public speaking persisted and I allowed that fear to hold me back. Well no more holding back!
Next week I am attending a Women’s Business Society networking event. I am really excited to get out there to meet some local business people and promote Elysian Creative. While at this event, I am going to get up in front of the group and introduce myself and my business. And I am determined not to be a quivering mess!
I have been researching the ‘fear of public speaking’ and found that it is surprisingly common. I would love to hear any public speaking tips and tricks you might have. In the meantime here are some great quotes that I’ve found inspiring:
- “There are only two types of speakers in the world: the nervous and liars.” Mark Twain
- “Most people are more deeply influenced by one clear, vivid, personal example than they are by an abundance of statistical data.” Eliot Aronson
- “They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Carl W. Buechner
- “My father gave me these tips on speech making. Be sincere, be brief and be seated.” James Roosevelt
- “People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.” Steve Jobs
- “90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform.” Somers White
- “All speaking is public speaking whether it is to one person or a thousand.” Roger Love
- “Say what you mean, mean what you say – and preferably in as few well-chosen words as possible.” Richard Branson