I was recently asked to introduce a speaker at a meeting. To be honest I am not a public speaker. This fact seems odd to many who know me, as I am very outgoing and extroverted. I love meeting new people and experiencing new places, but my nerves are better at one on one, face to face or small group contact.
Regardless of my public speaking fears it was my mission to do well and face my fear. A year ago I had set a goal to work on public speaking - to a group of 20+, 50+, 100+, 500+, and 1000+ - hoping to work myself into stage confidence. I had previously succeeded at the 20+ goal and even though many of those twenty were my friends or people I knew, I was ready for the next step. When Nick Arnette spoke at the meeting and said “Do something everyday that you do not want to do,” I felt like I was right on track! It wasn’t that I didn’t want to do it, I just didn’t want to mess it up.