is not only among my top-5 fears, it’s actually believed to be the single most common fear for three-fourths of the population – ranking even higher than death! Baaaah!
As much of a clown as I am, I am such a nervous nelly when it comes to formal public-speaking. I’m pretty sure my face glows red the whole time and I feel hot-flashes like I’m spiking through menopause at warp-speed (which I’m way too young for, kids). Over the years, I’ve had to give tons of presentations or provide technical training that required me to be up in front of a crowd for a fair amount of time. And every single time, I’ve been a nervous-wreck. I can’t really put my finger on why – exactly – it freaks me out so bad and I’ve tried for a number of years to overcome it, but it still jacks me up every time!
So that brings us to this week… where I had to give a 30-minute presentation at work on Wednesday afternoon. I was so freaking nervous and I just don’t get it… I once spoke in front of a church congregation of thousands of people on a very personal topic and managed to survive, so why would getting up in front of 35 people – to present work content I felt pretty comfortable with – have me sweating through my blouse? No.stinking. idea.
Anyway, so in the interest of amazing myself this year, I’m going to push past the fear and just keep getting up there with the hope that I’ll finally overcome this spastic fear…