FS-Taylor Williams-Face Your Fears

Journal #30

Hi Ethos Team!

I know that I have already blogged about the Cause and Event Run on Saturday, and even a little on Zoe and my speech, but I wanted to go more in depth on that moment, so here goes. Public speaking has been one of my biggest fears for as long as I can remember. I'm constantly afraid that I'm going to mess up in front of everyone watching me. My mouth goes dry, my stomach ties itself in knots, and my palms get all sweaty. But the part that terrifies me the most is that as soon as I step out in front for all to see, my mind goes blank, it just stops working. In the last year and a half to two years, I have been working on getting over that fear. I speak in front of audiences even when I can avoid it just to practice getting control of that feeling, and it's working. On Saturday, I was less than half as nervous to talk as I would have been in 2011 when I tested for my second degree black belt. It also helped that I had an awesome partner up there with me (Thanks Zoe!). Now, I plan to keep on practicing to get better at my public speaking skills, and get more comfortable talking in front of people.

-Taylor

Posted on September 15, 2014 .