There is a song called “Words don’t come easy”.
For me, words don’t come easy, especially when it comes to speaking. I tend to write more than I speak, as I usually express myself better in writing (well, hopefully) than in speaking.
I have become afraid of public speaking since young because I have been made to feel as if I didn’t matter, or my views didn’t matter, whether at home, in school or at work.
As a result, I have become reclusive and reluctant to speak. When I do speak, I usually take time to warm up to make a speech or engage in a conversation.
However, lately I have embarked on a new venture. I have joined a free 30-day Ignite video challenge which started on 11 September.
This video challenge helps me to deal with my fears and anxieties as I learn to take videos of myself speaking to the camera and share them in the Ignite video challenge Facebook group.
This group serves as a safe and non-threatening environment, where team members share videos and offer encouragement and constructive comments for further improvements with one another.
It is an upward journey to me, as much as it is an inward journey.
I would like to thank coach Sam Choo for recommending this video challenge, as well as those in the online community who have encouraged me along the way.
In case you are interested to check out the video challenge workshop, here’s the link: http://lightitupvideo.com/ignite-resplendent/