I was recently invited (tricked) to give a seminar on creating a brand image at Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET) here in Flagstaff, AZ. I absolutely hate getting up in front of people. When Stacy Fobar called me back in May and asked me to present my anxiety levels shot up and here's what transpired:
Stacy: 'My presenter just cancelled for next week, can you fill in?!'
Me: 'Stacy that sucks! Let me check my calendar.' After which, I pretended to look at a calendar for approximately 15 seconds.
Me: 'I'm actually out of town next week' Which was a lie.
Stacy: 'Would you want to do a presentation in the future?'
Me: 'Sure, just keep me on your list!' Which was not a lie. I'd love to be able to give presentations, just not anytime soon. The 'Future' sounded like a perfect time to overcome this fear.
Stacy: 'Well, since you have your calendar open, let's just schedule you! How's June for you?' Uh oh.
Download the slides here.