Whatever field of life you're in and whatever point on the journey you find yourself on, the key is to keep climbing, however slow the progress seems. If you are at the bottom of the rock face and looking up, find someone who will support your desire to climb. As you begin, do not allow the voices of those still at the bottom to persuade you to come back down. They can tell you nothing about a climb they've never made.
I’m developing a keynote speech and agonised for a long time as to what topic I would address. In recent days, however, as I have been privileged to share and receive insights from a range of teams and individuals on public speaking, one topic has become prominent: fear.
We can either find a way or find an excuse. For a long time, I used every excuse I could think of to avoid public speaking or communicating with others. I don’t want the end of my life to be filled with excuses as to why I didn’t do things. We do not have control over what happens; what we do have control over is how we respond.
If I can do it, you can too. I was once afraid beyond my ability to describe. Am I still scared? Yes. Am I still vulnerable? Yes. Can I now stand and speak to a group of people? YES. If I can do this now, ask yourself: what can you do?
Though every individual finds themselves in a unique position on this journey, I believe there are two main stages of development. One is the transition from fear and anxiety to confidence when standing and speaking to a group of people. The other is the cultivation of craft and technique for maximum impact. I hope here to provide a general foundation that will prove useful to anyone, regardless of where they are currently placed with their level of public speaking experience.