This past weekend I attended the Toastmasters Conference. If you don’t know what Toastmasters is – NO, it’s not a secret recipe to make great toast! Instead, it’s an international organization promoting and perfecting communication and leadership development. Toastmasters is the reason I am a Professional Speaker today.
When I entered my first meeting eight years ago, I had no intention of getting up in front of an audience to speak. I went to the meeting because I was facing a very dark time of my life, and I had nowhere else to go. As I walked in the door, I was greeted by so many smiling faces. I felt like I was in an episode of Cheers where “everyone knows your name.”
With lots of encouragement, and a big nudge, from my club members, I began to enter contests. As I won and advanced to the next level, then the next, I became more confident, developed a voice I didn’t even know I had, and found my way in a new world.
So recently I entered yet another contest, won at two levels, then came in second. Just like that – it was over. And I wondered: Why do I keep doing this? Why do I keep opening myself up to rejection and feeling crummy?
Then I took it one step further and wondered about life. About my profession. What about anyone’s daily dance with rejection? Then I found this video by Mel Robbins. I had actually never heard of her before, but her video touched me in a way that few ever do. So I’d like to share it with you.
If you’ve ever been scared; if you’ve ever faced life challenges that have brought you to your knees, this may help to put it all in perspective: https://binged.it/2Feku0v.