You close your eyes to avoid looking at the second appearance of your ham sandwich when you feel a hand lightly on your shoulder.
“Are you ok?” Kind eyes behind cat-eye glasses look at you with concern.
“More or less. Speaking in front of a crowd TERRIFIES me,” you roll your eyes, realizing you just stated the obvious. “I know the stage is the key to reaching more people, but doing it leaves me shaking in my boots. I’m used to being behind a desk and laptop. One on one I’m fine, but in front of a lot of people? Well …” you gesture to the garbage bin, with embarrassment.
The woman replies, “One of the best-kept secrets about being nervous is that it’s a GOOD thing! My clients now call it being ‘nervicited,’ because they really understand now that their nerves are there to serve them and make them better performers and communicators. Did you know there are lots of practical techniques for getting over stage fright? It’s true what they say: amazing speakers are made, not born. Plus, when you tell a great story, it draws people in like crazy.”
She smiles, and the woman extends her hand to you. “I’m Jilliane, by the way. I’m a Story Coach for business owners, creator of The Core 7 Stories for Business, and a master storyteller.
Tell me, why are you this nervous?”