Last week’s Rocky Horror Picture Show themed meeting certainly put most of us outside our comfort zone. Fishnet stockings, fancy dress costumes as well as not being able to see the audience when presenting to them. Together these things helped take everyone present to a new level in their toastmaster journey.
Dr Brain asked the question “What gives you the fright of your life?” This got me thinking about the ways doing scary things helps us to grow by taking risks. How often do we over think things, which stop us from doing what we want to do?
Take up the challenge. Make yourself a bucket list of the scary things in your life that stop you from moving forward. It might be signing up for speech craft, joining a Toastmasters club, giving your first presentation without notes or giving your first presentation with only 15 minutes planning.
For me it was the latter and I was surprised how well it went. As I was not thinking I was just doing, I found myself using the whole stage and dialogue automatically. Both of which, I have struggled with previously in prepared speeches despite my planning.
By using the support offered by your club, you can complete your bucket list of Toastmaster scary things and at the same time develop a new habit of growing by working outside your comfort zone. Then roll this skill out to the rest of your life and BE FREE!
Michelle is a psychiatric nurse who specialises in eating disorder recovery. She joined Toastmasters in 2010 after becoming a Clinical Manager. In her spare time she is writing her first book.