I had always known public speaking was not my greatest “virtue”. I mean I enjoy speaking to myself or a perceived audience on the phone but when it got down to the real deal, I would stutter and make a big mess of whatever I had planned to say.
I’m just beginning to realize that even when I was full of knowledge about the topic of discussion I was just never confident to share because of the fear of “what if I fuck up” and that has greatly hindered my greatness.
I had a business meeting last night where the same thing happened, my zoom video even refused to come up and they specifically requested to see me, my vibe was anxious and because of my lack of confidence, I automatically assumed the weak role at the meeting making me sound desperate for the contract. I felt really bad afterwards and it took me opening up to my friends to get me out of that mood…they made me see it as an opportunity to do better and learn the skill so even under pressure I do not falter next time.
I’ve ignored it for so long and now I know I need to pay more attention to public speaking especially where I’m the focus. It’s time to speak with confidence and own my shit. My friend said I’m good at “lawyering” but there are some skills outside law I still need to acquire and some I can brush up on and I totally agree with them.
What are those skills you need to acquire today?