The countdown was on. Only a few more names before mine was called. I felt my palms beginning to sweat as they called Crissy. She was to go right before me, and now the pressure was on. I was next. I felt my head begin to spin and my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest. As I watched in horror, Crissy finished up and stepped down. “Next up we have Bonnie Kelly, here to talk about her new listing in North Yuba City.
As I walked up to the podium, my paper in hand, I looked around the room of 40 of my peers who were now intensely looking at me. As I opened my mouth… silence. NOTHING CAME OUT! I began to nervously sweat and fiddle with the paper in front of me. As I opened my mouth the second time, words finally started to emerge and with a crackling, shaking tone I muttered, “Umm, It’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bath with lots of features, umm, it’s priced at $300,000 and umm, I will be there from 9-11 this umm, morning if ummm, you want to umm stop bye.” And with that, it was over.
In reflection, this nervous panic attack seems quite ridiculous. My body shutting down, my blood boiling and heart pounding all to share 1 line in front of a room full of people that I KNEW! HAHA But, this was my first “public speaking” attempt I did early in my Real Estate career. I was young and honestly allowed my nerves get the best of me.
If I had to guess, you have a similar story to this, and for the most part, you avoid public speaking like it’s the plague. I get this, but no way you should allow this nervousness to stop you from doing something awesome!
Look at me, if you now flash forward more than a decade later, you will find me speaking to rooms of people over 300 that I have never met before, with ease. So what changed, you ask? Well, honestly, it was my unwillingness to allow my fear to dictate my life. My nervousness was just my mind’s way of being dramatic and was controlling my actions and reactions. And if you know me, there is no way I was going to allow this to stand.
So, I committed to learning to embrace and transform my nervousness. Did you happen to notice that I didn’t say control? Control means that you are in command of the entire situation, well, that isn’t going to happen. Nervousness is normal, and so I learned to embrace it and transform those feelings into fuel that ultimately served me in many ways.
This week, I share with you 3 tips to help you overcome that nervousness and step into a stronger and better you. Check it out and be sure to share with your friends!
Until next week, Keep being awesome!
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