As an Olympic diver I have had to overcome my share of fear. Every time I had to learn a new dive, I was petrified. I was trembling on the board and going back and forth before I finally hurled my body of the diving board and let my preparation take over. In fact, when I started diving at age 7, my parents thought I wouldn’t last long, because I was so timid and scared.
When I joined the University of Miami team, all of a sudden the 10 meter platform was introduced into my diving regimen. If 3 meter diving was scary, the 10 meter was terrifying. It caused me nightmares on many occasions.
Yet to accomplish my goals, I had to face my fears. If you are a afraid of speaking in front of a crowd, but you know that doing workshops, seminars or even webinars are the best way of growing your business, you too have to face your fears. Here are 3 ways to not only face your fears, but to overcome them.
Take small steps. To get me ready for the 10 meter platform, I would first dive of the 5 meter and 7.5 meter platforms. These increments helped me prepare for the big dives, although I have to admit, I never got comfortable on the 10 meters.
If you are afraid of public speaking, join Toastmasters. You can start doing very short speeches, getting comfortable talking in front of a small, supportive group. If you want to host a workshop or seminar, but are afraid you won’t have many attendees, start small. Start with a small room of 10 people and move up from there.
When we do “big” dives, we prepare by doing lead ups. Lead ups are dives that allow us to practice the dive on a lower level. For instance, to prepare for a reverse 2 ½ somersault of the 3 meter springboard, you would perform a double somersault of the 1 meter springboard. You get the feel of the dive without actually doing it.
When you are getting ready to present your webinar or workshop, practice. Run through your entire speech until you feel comfortable. Practice in front of your mirror, your friends, family or even your pets. Practice your close, practice your beginning and practice your transitions. Rehearsing will give you the confidence that you can do it.
Picture your goal
Why do you want to overcome your fear? Usually it is because you have a big goal. I wanted to make it to the Olympics and there were certain “scary” dives I needed to accomplish that goal. Having that clear goal in mind helped with that internal conversation that took place as I was standing on the board. “This is too scary” and “I can’t do this” was quickly replaced with “If you want to go to the Olympics, you need this” and “You CAN do this”.
If your goal is to grow your business so you can help more people and clients, and you know that you can do that best by running your own workshop or seminar, keep that goal in mind as you prepare. Envision how the lives or businesses of your attendees will change because of your event. What is the impact that you will have through your event? And how will that change your business for the better?
Your goal will motivate you to push through the fear. Although your fear won’t go away entirely, these 3 tips will help you conquer it.
It also helps to have a coach stand beside you and help you prepare for that big step. If you are ready to conquer your fear, then let’s talk. I would love to be the coach/mentor who guides you to success and stands beside you when you score your personal best. To see if you are ready to host your own event, apply now for an Event Strategy Breakthrough Session. Just like there are not a lot of Olympic champions, there are not a lot of these Event Strategy Breakthrough Sessions available. So apply now for the best chance to go for the gold.