The Daily Stretch ~ Day #12 “From Struggle to Juggle!”
Public speaking. Most people would rather die than get up in front of a group of more than one person and say something. Anything. Bueller. Bueller?!
Heather Wolf gave it a whirl when she realized how much fun teaching others to juggle for fitness purposes truly was.
“Like many people, I have a fear of public speaking. But when I found my passion for teaching people to juggle for fitness, I had no choice but to face my fear, get up in front of people and speak. At first I thought I’d pass out, but I was surprised to find that, because I was passionate about the topic, I actually enjoyed speaking in front of people.”
Ah! The power of passion! It makes us forget ourselves, placing us in the flow or the zone or whatever you call it for yourself.
“I still get nervous at times,” Heather admits,”but once I start sharing the benefits of juggling with others and teaching them a fun form of fitness, I feel that I am making a difference and that is more important than anything. Now I have taught and spoken in front of hundreds of people at a time, and even feel comfortable doing national TV appearances.”
Heather has moved from struggle to juggle and that’s just awesome.
Do you know anyone who struggles with public speaking? Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization that helps people with their speaking skills. Give it a try. Maybe start by tossing a ball or three in the air. You’ll be so distracted you won’t have a chance to remember there are others watching!
Willow DrinkwaterMay 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm
I so remember the first time I had to do public speaking when the Daughter of the Flag clutched and couldn’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance for the whole elementary school. She turned to me, the assistant Daughter of the Flag and I did it for my friend. It was the most wonderful feeling to see how grateful she was but better for me. My Gth grade knees were knocking and I did it anyway. It’s been easier ever since.