Your boss asked you to speak, to present on stage. You grabbed it, didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity. Maybe this would lead to the next promotion, you never know.
But that was last week.
Now you think that you have nothing good to say, you think that you’re an impostor, everything that you’ve done up until this point is just because of luck. Whoops, they are going to find out soon, you think.
To prep, you watch other people speaking. You think that you can speak about the topic more eloquently, maybe more thorough and clearer. You know what questions everyone has in their minds, and in this talk, you’re watching, the presenter just doesn’t get it.
But as you try to put your thoughts together, structure it together, answer those audience questions you thought you knew well, the bridges collapse and now you’re in the middle of an island. Worse, it’s a no man’s land.
Where you don’t know who you are anymore, and not sure why these people should be listening to your presentation tomorrow.
So you gave up, you stuff your slides with bullet points to guarantee your delivery (noooo!). After all, if you’ve just read from the slides for an hour, no one can blame you. Your boss can’t fire you, you did the work!
But you know deep down inside, you have much more to say, you can help more people, but you’re at lost on how to start, how to practice the presentation, how to practice to be a better you?
If you’ve felt this before? Then welcome to the gang, I’ve felt like an impostor every minute of my life. You’re not alone. But just by being able to access the internet, you are way ahead than everybody else on this planet. And your experience, your stories, your insight matters.
Speak your mind. It may help one other person, it may help a large group of people, or it may just save a life.
Speak your mind, because you can definitely beat that fear of being misunderstood. Don’t let it paralyzed you.
Speak your mind, serve the world by not acting small, and everybody will listen closely.