Public speaking is a fear many have. It is very nerve racking to stand in front of peers and or strangers to speak. It is a vulnerable place to be in because of all the negative self-chatter that does on inside our head. Our mind tends to default to the worst case scenario. We think we will make a fool of ourselves or that others are negatively judging us.
When you are standing there looking out, we have to remember that what we have to say is worth the discomfort of the moment. This way we are able to shift out focus from thinking about making a fool of ourselves to potentially making a difference. Take the focus off of yourself and place it on what you have to say that people need to know.
I came across an amazing opportunity and wanted to share it with you all. I saw a poster advertising for TED speakers. For those of you who have never heard of TED, it is a non-profit organization where respected people from all fields of work and study share ideas worth spreading in an informal speech format.
TED is currently accepting applications for their TED Fellows program. Twice a year they accept applications, one for TED and one for TEDGlobal. They are looking for doers, makers, inventors, advocates, filmmakers, photographers, musicians, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, NGO heads, and human rights activists over the age of 18.
They are going to select 20 lucky individuals for the TED conference. It is the perfect opportunity to bring your career to the next level because you are given the opportunity to network, have access to mentors and get coaching for public speaking.
Please hurry before the September 20th deadline!
As a member of Toastmasters’ International, I know firsthand just how scary public speaking can be but the benefits greatly outweigh the discomfort. I encourage you to take a leap of faith into the daunting unknown, you never know what could happen.