|Skirt- Old Navy; Blazer- Swapped; Red Top- United Colours of Benetton; Shoes- Urban Outfitters; Bracelet- The Bay; Nail Polish- Cherries in the Snow (red nail) by Revlon & Ah-Ha Moment (white tip) by Sephora by OPI|
I hate public speaking. My hands get shaky, my face gets red, I stumble on my words and I get all sweaty. At least that's what used to happen...
In Junior High School I was teased for being a bookworm and was so nervous to present in front of my class, I would be sick to my stomach. My memorial poem was selected to be read aloud at a Remembrance Day ceremony in front of the entire school assembly and my voice was shaking so badly, I was sure everyone was laughing at me. In High School and University I avoided classes that included public speaking and as a result ended up with a boring courseload and more assignments (the only presentation I gave in my four years of University was a group skit for one of my counselling classes).
My current job requires me to present Dress for Success Ottawa services to potential referral agencies, community partners and volunteers. In the past 10 months, I have given more presentations than in my academic career combined. For my first few presentations I regressed to my Junior High nerves but over time I have relaxed and instead of memorizing every little fact, I speak from the heart with passion and confidence. Sure my hands still shake and I stumble on the occasional word but overall I feel more in control and am conquering my fear of public speaking, one presentation at a time!
A recent intimidating presentation was at the Place d'Orleans Vlogger Search but once I got into the groove and found my stride, I had lots of fun sharing my favourite fall trends with the audience!
“According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” (Jerry Seinfield)
I wore this outfit last Thursday evening for a 30 minute presentation I gave in front of 40+ volunteers. Although I was nervous, I received many kind words afterwards about how the evening inspired and fuelled their desire for volunteering.