Public speaking scares me. Being in the spotlight can be blinding. Meeting brilliant, super accomplished people can do a number on my bowels.
Picture your first job interview or your first class presentation. Imagine the first time you met your childhood “idol,” your first love, a “celebrity,” or even your mother-in-law … did scary thoughts of, “How should I behave? Will I sound sophisticated? Will I project the ‘right’ image?” whiz through your head?
The best advice I ever received on how to handle intimidating or larger-than-life personalities was from my husband, who reminded me: they are just people!
They breathe the same air, and just like me, they pee, they poop, they bleed, they cry, they laugh …
When I allow my mind to wander into “woe is me” territory, to an insecure place where I psyche myself out into a tizzy, I’m only fighting me.
Today, when I get nervous about meeting high profile individuals, I simply remind myself, “They are just people!”
How do you handle intimidating situations?
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