Updated: Jan 5, 2021
I get incredibly nervous when I have to speak in front of crowds. I can hear my voice crackle, feel my breath get shorter, and see my palms get sweaty. Then I think that everyone else can see my nervousness, which exaggerates all my symptoms.
But one time, someone asked me to give a presentation on branding. I chose to speak on the subject of "Discovering Your Calling as an Entrepreneur." Since it was the subject of my book on Amazon, I wasn't nervous. Instead, I was confident and bold. I actually walked out of that meeting with 3 new clients!
Why didn't I feel so nervous this time? I believe it's because, by this time in my entrepreneurial walk, I realized that the knowledge I carried was a gift from God, and I was sharing that insight with others.
Most of us entrepreneurs aren't born with a natural ability to speak in live audience situations. It doesn't matter if it's a TV segment, radio show, live speaking engagement, or a Zoom interview; we all experience stage fright. It's human nature to fear that we're going to mess up, so we protect ourselves from the potential pain, and we shy away from live presentations.
However, the key to overcoming our fears of failure in front of a live audience, is to understand that these platforms should make us feel honored to present the audience with the calling God has gifted us with.
The Bible says: