|Ever since junior high, I wanted to be a professional speaker. You see, we had a speaker come in and talk to all of the students in my school - grades 7 through 12. The speaker was dynamic. The entire audience was mesmerized - even the 7th and 8th grade boys sat still and paid attention!|
"I want to be like that!" I remembered thinking. I wanted to be that person who could hold an audience spellbound with their words and gestures. I didn't know how or when it was going to happen, but someday, somehow, it would.
When the school held auditions for the play, I tried out and got a secondary role. I practiced. I sweated. I lost sleep. I threw up. And the night of the play, I froze. I forgot every single line. I was a major failure and an embarrassment to the other students in the play. I swore I'd never get on stage again.
A couple of years later I was part of a group of young women who had researched codes on the top of baby food jars and submitted them into an agency that was working to get legislation passed on labeling all baby food with clearly marked expiration dates.
Somehow, I was chosen to go from my little town in SE Minnesota to Los Angeles and report our findings from the stage at the Biltmore Hotel. It was a big deal.
I had notes, so the delivery went fine. It had been a couple of years since the school play debacle, so I had matured a little.
After we were done speaking, the press lined up chairs for a photo op. The chair backs were a few inches from the end of the stage. We were to be seated with our backs to the audience so the full auditorium could be seen.
Now, grace has never been my middle name. This was in the 70's where mini-skirts reigned.
I went to sit down in the chair assigned to me and ended up pushing the chair back so the back legs slid off the stage, The chair and I followed, head over heels. When people rushed up to me to ask if I was ok, the only thing that came out of my mouth was, "Did my underwear show?" Of course it did! I was wearing a miniskirt!
I was mortified and decided right then and there that I was NOT cut out to be a speaker. But decades later, the desire became so strong that I had to answer the call. I felt it was something I was born to do!
What's happened since I started speaking professionally in 2009? Well, more than 5,000 people from 20 countries have taken my live classes. I've had the opportunity to be a contributing author is several books - one book, "Masters of Sales", was on the NY Times bestseller list and included other contributing authors Jack Canfield, Oprah, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, and many others.
Why am I telling you all this? (besides giving you a good laugh?) Because we were each born to make a difference in the lives of others. We each have gifts, talents, abilities, and skills that will help us. Our dreams can be accomplished, even if we occasionally get stage fright or fall off the stage!
You are here because you are important. Other people need what you offer. And the need to help them is inside your heart, mind, and soul.
Speaking is a very rewarding and efficient way to touch others. I promise, the journey will be worth it when people come up to you, tears in their eyes, and thank you for helping them.
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