I remember I was so excited that I was asked to speak at Avila University. I did a presentation on building your professional brand using the social media platform LinkedIn. I’ve had an “All-Star profile” for years that has attracted many awesome opportunities to position myself as an expert in personal development. I knew social media and branding were the future of business before I knew what my business was.
I was fortunate to begin public speaking at Avila. The presentation was good and valuable, but it wasn’t perfect. I even had a misspelled title that one audience member came up to me right after the presentation to tell me about. There were little things I could have done to make the q/a part smoother like walk around with the microphone.
When the opportunity came I was in my practicum and consulting classes so I had a lot on my plate already. I realize now that I had to learn that I can’t possibly do everything on my own. I was humiliated by the feedback or lack thereof. I even cried in my car on the way back home. It took so much time getting the presentation ready and the event was at 7:00 am in the morning. I thought these people are so ungrateful. Lol.
You know that saying, “I never lose, I always learn.” I truly believe that we should all look at experiences in life as something we had to learn.
I’m very grateful for the experience because it taught me a lot about public speaking and about myself. I learned that your audience really wants you to do good and want to take value from experiencing what you have to give. I learned that I was always thinking I could do it all alone. That experience let me know I can’t and really don’t HAVE TO. No one can do it all alone and the people who make it far in this life ALL have a whole lot of support and people backing them up.
I realized that it is not weak to admit you need support, It is necessary.
At the end of the day, two heads will always be better than one, even if the one is brilliant alone.
Blessings in abundance,