Oh No I’m NOT talking in front of a group!!!!!!

I have always been one of those people who love to go to parties. The kind of parties where you can buy anything from candles to jewelry. I love meeting new people, playing the fun, sometimes wacky games, the chance to win free gifts (I’m all about the free!), and of course, let’s not forget the yummy food.
Initially, I dabbled in direct sales. At first, I was too shy to get up in front of people to actually do home parties and kept with catalog parties. Then I ventured away from home sales for quite a few years.

When I made the decision to return to school and get my Master’s, I was horrified to learn in the first night we would do presentations———> using power point! I had managed to get out of my undergrad years by avoiding presentations at any cost!
The night of my first presentation as a Master’s student was not fun for me. My heart was beating as if I were in a race for my life. The room whirled and swirled and my voice took on a froggy quality. The LONGEST ten minutes of my life. Hated it!!!! But as time went on, I learned little tricks to make presentations easier and not so horrifying. I even loved putting the power point together and often volunteered to do it for group projects.

Then it hit me! If I can get through my fear of presentations, I can get through doing a party! And I did! I’m all about the free and the fun! I found crazy games to play that had guests in stitches during fun theme parties. A local restaurant didn’t charge to use one of the rooms so it was fun to watch the reactions of diners when the games were going on.

My point is, we’re all unsure or afraid of something in our lives. You might be afraid to start a new career or make a much needed change in your life. Whatever it is, I’ve come to realize two things: One, there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Two, the anticipation is much worse than the actual event. I still have my struggles with certain things but eventually, I manage to work through the obstacle and realize, it wasn’t as bad as I thought!


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