We resume our story where we left off, with a young woman who had sworn never to speak in public again.
She couldn’t quite get away with that, and even found herself drawn into the public eye giving presentations through her professional work.
But she always dreaded it.
When she left her regular job to go out on her own, she knew she had something to say, but wasn’t sure where to start.
She began with writing with an online newsletter, then added blogging, and eventually began writing articles that were picked up by other websites.
But she still found herself hesitating when it came time to hit the “publish” or “send” button. What if people didn’t like it? What if they disagreed or thought she was wrong? What if she was too “woo-woo” or different or controversial or …?
So she moderated her message, held herself back, and tried to toe the line.
Despite that contradictory dance of trying to hide out and be seen simultaneously, she began to build a following: She had something to say that her right audience wanted to hear.
And with the feedback from her audience, her voice grew stronger, even though she still felt nervous when she pressed the “publish” button.
Eventually, she felt inspired to teach classes and found a venue to offer free classes as a place to start.
And people came!
She was TERRIFIED!
But she held her ground, practiced her energy skills, and reminded herself that she could trust herself to handle anything that came up, even if she didn’t know the answer.
And it was great.
Of course, she couldn’t sleep that night and laid awake late into the night processing the whole experience endlessly.
But she did it again. And it was easier. And she laid awake less and processed less and enjoyed it more.
So she taught another class, and another.
Eventually she began offering her classes online for a fee. And then weekend-long workshops.
And it just kept getting easier and easier and easier.
Have you guessed by now? Did you know already?
This woman was me.
I’ve traveled a path from being terrified of speaking and writing in public to feeling much more comfortable with it. While it’s true that I still get nervous — I even ask myself, “Why am I doing this?” from time to time — I’ve learned that the level of satisfaction I feel when I share my message with my audience is so very high that it is entirely worth it.
As a sensitive person who loves to hermit herself away at home and write (just ask my friend Kris how hard it is to pry me out of my little cave), I’ve learned a number of ways of understanding and working with myself and my sensitive, introverted, empathic wiring so I can handle being seen, heard, and read.
I’ll tell you that as I stretch myself farther with my screenwriting and other writing, it is becoming increasingly uncomfortable again, but I will not let that stop me from reaching for my dreams and sharing what I have to say.
What about you? Does this inspire anything for you? Your comments are welcome.
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~> NEW DATE: April 10th, 2012. My teleclass, “Sensitives in the Spotlight: How Artists, Writers, Hermits & Introverts can Navigate a Call to the Public Eye,” will be held on April 10th at 3 p.m Pacific Time (4 Mountain, 5 Central, 6 Eastern, Midnight GMT). Find out more and register here.
~> April 12th, 2012. Last day to register for the next session of my Writer’s Circle session starting on April 16th. Get my Free Writing Tips series too, and receive a coupon for a savings on your first 4 week session. Sign up here.
~> April 19th, 2012. Last day to register for my next Life Purpose Breakthrough Group on May 17th. Only 4 spots. These groups consistently sell out, so if you’d like to join me, reserve your spot ASAP. Register here.
~> April 19th, 2012. Teaching a live webinar for Writer’s Digest, “10 Practical Tips for More Consistent, Productive Writing.” Details soon!
~> Ongoing. Writing in the ProSeries class at ScreenwritingU. Closing in on the complete draft.
~> Friday through Monday. Sacred writing time while I complete my draft. The Do Not Disturb sign is up.
~> Still reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with my boy.