If you haven’t seen it already, take a few minutes to watch this 2015 TED talk by Jia Jiang. Overcoming the fear and shame of rejection is hard. Jiang explains how we can desensitize ourselves and discover new opportunities.
– Mistakes are the portal of discovery! James Joyce
I gave a speech at a local Toastmasters club yesterday. My assignment was to give a demonstration talk, and I chose to talk about how much sugar we are consuming and its harm to us. I wanted this to be an awesome talk…I drafted what I thought was a good script about an important topic … practiced it … and assembled a nice array of sugar-containing items from my kitchen to serve as my demo props.
I wonder why I’m so reluctant to practice my speeches. As a member of two Toastmaster clubs, I get a chance to give a few talks each month. We all know that practicing the talk greatly improves it. Yet, with an upcoming talk, I find myself avoiding opportunities to give it to my wife (critical feedback), dog (totally accepting) or a mirror (doesn’t give a damn.)
Turns out I get frustrated when I practice. Continue reading