I love working one to one with people and am even happy talking to 2 or 3 people but more than 5 becomes a group and my comfort level drops – put me in a room where I need to talk to 15 or more and I am seriously outside of my comfort zone.
On Monday I was on a stage with about 70 people in the audience.
The night before I’d started to get nervous, and this wasn’t a major deal – not me talking all day, just part of a panel for a 90 minute session, but even so …
Well decided to reframe this, and rather than look out and see a sea of faces, instead chose to focus on just 4 people, so I was back in my comfort zone.
All went exceptionally well. I was more able to be me, rather than move into a "presenter role" which is not me.
I also spoke from the heart, and gave relevant, practical and personal examples.
Afterwards I had at least 7 people come up and say how much they had enjoyed what I had to say, so I left on a high!
Think I might have cracked it, let’s see how things go next month when I am runnng a conference session.