I had only been back at work in my office administration job for three days after a two week snowboarding trip to Canada, I knew I was done. I hated that job. I walked into the crazy boss ladies office and told her I was giving notice. By lunch time I had decided the notice period of a week was too long for me to handle and just walked out. Hello Unemployment!
Those of you who know me now will be laughing. That doesn’t sound like me at all. What a risk. I’m not an adventurous person. I don’t like to wonder far from home. I don’t like taking big risks. I am an introvert so I certainly don’t enjoy the spotlight. That’s all true though.
I put some feelers out to see what job I could find quickly. No twenty something comes back from overseas, with enough cash to sit around while they find their dream job. I got a call on a Tuesday afternoon; the man on the phone offered me a sales job with an immediate start. I had to meet him to hear a presentation on Thursday and the following Thursday he was having surgery so I’d have to do the presentation. “How do you feel about public speaking?” I didn’t have time to even consider how I felt about the speaking, how was I going to even learn what to say!
And the rest is history….
Seriously though, obviously it was nothing short of awful. I had notes I had been practicing from I knew the important details. I stood there, looked at the 5 very lovely people and remember his words “Don’t worry Em, in this line of work no one can die.” I was so nervous and it felt like I was going to die. Nothing came out, my words didn’t make sense, I was squeaky, I was making the audience uncomfortable with my discomfort. I sat down; I looked at them and confessed. I explained I was only a week into the job, I told them that this was the first presentation I had never done it before abut evenly remembered enough of the details to give the presentation.
Do you want to know what the conversion rate was for my first presentation? 100%! Over time I refined my presentation, tried different ways to deliver the information, did some cracking sessions and some real flops. Not a single person ever died either. He was right.
It was so much fun. I love meeting new people. Making connections. Watching people succeed and make really positive changes in their lives. Imagine if I had of said I do don’t do public speaking. I certainly wouldn’t be here, ten years later, helping people make a huge impact.
I love my job and the life I have because I was brave, took a risk and said yes!