I have declared many times that I don't give speeches – rather I have elevated conversations with people. So what would be unthinkable for me as a motivational speaker? It would be to have this elevated conversation of which I speak – to no faces. No happy eyeballs, no grinning teeth, no laughing sounds. Nada. Zippo. Dead air.
I'm referring to the webinar that I did today for a client wherein I tried to have one of my elevated conversations with 150 people in far away lands. And I was reminded of why I hesitated when I was asked to do this. Oh I LOVE the client and the audience. They are some of the fantastic people I had met in live person at a conference wherein I DID get to see and hear them. And I LOVE the topic: How to Think Creatively, Come up With Cool Ideas and Sell Those Ideas to Others. But webinars? I knew what I would be getting myself into from having done it two other times, and I hadn't loved it.
But then it hit me. Part of the message of the topic I was asked to teach was that we needed to stop talking ourselves out of trying new things. And there I was, when offered the job, starting to talk myself out of it. Which made me realize – BECAUSE I was reluctant to do this webinar – was the EXACT reason why I needed to do it.
So I did it. And it was great! I just put the picture in my head of happy smiling laughing faces with little light bulbs going off above their heads. And it worked. I had a blast and I think they did too.
I invite you to join me in building your little "adventure" muscle by doing the very thing that you don't want to do. Who knows what amazing things you might get really good at! Like skydiving maybe? Okay. Maybe not.