Throwback Thursday: Feel the Fear – Public Speaking

Public speaking makes me nervous. Am I alone? What is that thing they say, most people fear public speaking more than death. In spite of the fear I have had occasion to do quite a bit of it in my life. As an exchange student in South Africa, I did a traveling slide show and talk about Canada to various, school, community and Rotary groups. As a young adult I had the privilege of attending an economic summit for the Kootenays, the region I lived in at the time, and was selected as the youth delegate to address attendees at the conclusions of the summit. I was sweating buckets speaking before 400 business leaders and the Premier of our province, but I did it. I don’t know who said it, but I think this is the best advice to take into those situations: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” What amazes me is that often watching anyone speak, they never look as nervous as they admit to being after the fact.

A few years back I did this interview for a local TV news segment, promoting an event for the local cloth diapering community. I was still running my eCommerce business, Rocky Mountain Kid, at the time and the event had a strong tie in with our products and philosophy. I don’t think I look nervous at all, though I know I was. What do you think?

Throwback Thursday – Guinness Book Event

Throwback Thursday

So several of my friends and even a business or two that I follow on Facebook have been posting Throwback Thursday photos, which are cute, sentimental reminiscences of times gone by. It got me thinking that I have some great professional Throwback Thursday moments in my arsenal. So here it is, my very first Throwback Thursday post. I came across this newspaper clipping in a box of mementos my dad returned to me last year; I had completely forgotten about the thing .

I was 19 at the time, working as a Student Employment Officer for Human Resources Development Canada, and had recently discovered a love for running. In hindsight I think this was an indication of my interest in marketing and promotions. The idea was for employers to call in with jobs for students and for each job I would run a 1/2 kilometer.

Thinking back I think the best part was that the last line of the article mentioned I was going to be looking for a new job shortly, and I got one because of the article. I had a call from a local gym owner the next week telling me she had seen the article and wanted to hire me. Now that is the way to get a job, have them call you!

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