Long story short, I’ve decided to complete my Advanced Communicator Gold Award for Toastmasters this year – that’s the highest you can go as a speaker. It means completing another manual before July 2020. A friend suggested the manual “Humorously Speaking” as she knows I would find it challenging. I agreed and this means taking on 5 speeches which are supposed to be funny.
So as my first speech grew closer, I thought to myself, “Why am I doing this to myself? It would be so much easier to do another manual, maybe I should change the manual?” And the moment I thought the thought, I knew that I had to stick with the plan. Although super tempting, changing the manual would mean staying in my comfort zone and where’s the growth in that?
I took a deep breath and thought to myself “How bad can it be?” So what if I get no laughs, what if it flunks, perhaps my ego and pride get a little bruising but bruises to heal so get on with it girl. I thought of all the professional comedians who try out material again and again until they have some killer content that is guaranteed a laugh. That’s not my aim, my aim is to not be pelted by tomatoes. ☺
Are you stepping out of your comfort zone?