…and your name is on the agenda to
address the board, to speak to your team.
You knew this from the minutes of the last meeting. You knew this from when the agenda was being put together. Yet when the reminder hit you, whether a pop up from your calendar or from a voice that popped its head around your door, the dynamic changed.
Changed from words on your draft paper,
words on your presentation, to words that you must now stand up and speak. Speak
to your senior team in the room. Public speaking to a room of analytical,
almost feral eyes drilling into you.
How do you process this? What is
happening for you right now?
Imposter syndrome? Has that constant yet unwelcome companion also just popped its head around the door?
Fear of being judged? Memories of previous meetings flooding back, fighting to keep at least one eye open, zoning out as the speaker drones on and on in the same soporific tone…
You’ve been there, I’ve been there. But
is that you? Is your audience judging you by putting an ‘X’ in the box marked
You want to be a confident, compelling and convincing speaker, so do something about it now.
Take an action to change your level of
speaking confidence, change your audience’s confidence in the way you deliver.
Before the next meeting reminder pops
up, take an action to change the way you feel as you walk into that meeting,
and I’ll walk in there with you.