Originally Posted by sparkyjf
First, congrats on making a commitment to yourself to sign up to Connect.
As far as fear what comes to mind to me is from my own experience with public speaking. I used to be terrified! Seriously, I wanted to run away. My voice would shake, I would get nervous, pure fear. How did I overcome it? A little at a time. I didn't let the fear stop me. I attended Toastmasters and I kept at it. I think like anything, simply not giving up makes a huge difference. On average I speak to a group of 100 people a few times a month. Nearly every-time a moment arises just prior to getting in front of the audience where I feel that fear again. Usually for a second or two and then it fades away. It's great to play with!
Others have offered other tips too that will help...try it all, try some of it...but keep trying.
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