Growing towards a vision, doing something new!

As I’ve pondered my Vision for 10+ years in the future, one of the areas that I see the need for growth is Public Speaking.

My thinking is this:  If I want to be a person of Influence, I need to be someone worth listening to.  I’m more comfortable speaking than writing, therefore I should work on improving my speaking skills as others work on their writing skills.

The only problem?  I have fear of speaking to large groups.  I draw blanks when speaking to groups.  I stumble on words when speaking a prepared talk.  Sounds like I need work!

This week I did something that I’ve been meaning to do for the past 7 or more years:  I attended a Toastmasters meeting.  This meant that I had to get up earlier than normal and attend a meeting cold-turkey without knowing anyone.

One of the main reasons that Iattended Toastmasters is because of the example of my friends at http://rise365.com/.  I needed to get over my inhibitions and my excuses and just get out the door.  Set the alarm clock and get up early to do what I know needs doing even if it is outside of my comfort zone.

The great news?  I actually know someone in the group that I worked with many many years ago.  The other great news?  I met some really amazing people!  The group is small (less than 10 people) and very encouraging.  I did a table-topic talk and think I did OK.

 

 

I plan to visit another group or two to decide which group to join, and then I’ll join one long term.

  • http://rise365.com Michael Good

    Jason,
    This is great! Way to go! That’s great to hear that you put yourself out there and now you’re on the other side, better off.

    Will you write about this and guest post for us in one of our IDC posts? How about next week? You can even use what you have written here if you want. I think it’s great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1647041587 Michael Wright

    Jason, excellent move! Funny thing is that I’ve been toying with the idea of joining one of the local Toastmasters orgs in my area this year too. Yet, there is something in me that doesn’t want to. Your post gives me the motivation to do it. Thanks for sharing.