Updated: Jan 13, 2020
Are you one of those people who loves to be in front of the room, or does it terrify you? I was DEFINITELY in the terrified camp for a long time. Like a long, long time. I would wake up in the middle of the night for weeks leading up to whatever I was going to be presenting, my heart racing, thinking about everything that could possibly go wrong. And then the day came to present, and I was a nervous wreck. I jumbled my words, was self conscious, and felt like I needed to memorize whatever I was going to share. There was NO WAY I was going to be able to just talk naturally in front of the room without a script.
And then, someone gave me a pretty powerful piece of advice.. it's not about you. Instead of getting so wrapped up in my own anxieties, a light bulb went off that allowed me to recognize that it would be so much more effective & enjoyable for my audience (& me!) to be focused on them instead.