1. Describe your fear of public speaking.
I was afraid to speak in public and would always rely on my written notes while speaking. I thought that my audience would think that I was not knowledgeable about my particular topic if I did not read from my notes.
2. How did you overcome it?
Instead of writing my speech down word-for-word, I would have notecards (or my IPad) that would only have one or two words for each bullet point. Each bullet point would represent a separate talking point. This allowed me to look more at my audience and feel more confident about my topic.
3. Where do you speak publicly now?
Now I speak at work related events and for public library programs in Washington, D.C.
Your “I CAN” Challenge…Okay. We’ve read what Christina did. Now it’s your turn. Step-out and speak up this week. Let me know how it goes! Also, I’m a huge music fan and believe “notes” can move us to “next.” Listen to this John Mayer song for an extra push!
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