Weekly Big Blog: Why sharing what youve learned is worth it (even when it's scary to put yourself out there)
It took me a long time to get comfortable putting my voice out into the world.
A ridiculously long time. But here it is.
Was it because I was the youngest of four and never felt heard growing up among the bigger voices and lives commanding the airwaves at home?
Was it because I was handicapped from decades of living with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. and I felt that society regarded me as 'less-than'?
Was it because when I did speak up, other voices of supposed authority too often told me I was wrong?
Whatever the reason, I made the mistake of buying into it.
The Turning Point
So when I hit a crisis point a decade-plus ago at 40'ish (a blog for another day), and was told I should consider professional speaking, I laughed.
Silly suggestor. That was the last career choice I'd ever consider.
Back then, my comfort level dictated that I'd become quiet when in a small group of close friends. Speaking professionally was out of the question.
After it was suggested, it took me a year and a forced situation to give my first professional talk. It was a total God-thing. He knows how to get the ball rolling.
The First Time
It's been about 13 years since I first nervously presented to my own church's women's retreat. To calm my nerves, a friend offered to sit up front next to me - while I sat, too, while presenting.
That was the one and only time I sat through my own presentation. I had carefully prepared what I'd say. But when the time came, I unintentionally ignored my notes and simply shared my life story.
Or at least I think I did. I really don't remember what I said. My nerves wiped out much of the memory of it. I was on auto pilot. Someone else took the reins.
What I do know is that I still get unsolicited comments from women who attended.
They say it was life-changing for them. Hearing my life story and its challenges helped them to better deal and put their own lives in perspective.
It's comments like those that keep me going.
Since then, I've loved sharing and presenting and making a difference to other people.
I would've missed out on the honor and privilege of helping others all this time if I hadn't made that one first presentation - such as it was.
We don't always know what is in us until we're tested or pushed. We don't always realize our own value unless someone else feeds it back into us.
What is the value your voice can add to the world?
Maybe you're already sharing it.
Maybe you don't think you have anything to share. You do. Trust me. We all do.
Don't deny the world your brilliance. The thing you're here to learn is often the thing you're here to share. Even if it's different from your day job persona (click to read more about that).
Be brave. Braver than I was. Sooner than I was.
You'll be amazed at the positive feedback you get.
The world is waiting for your voice and wisdom. Put it out there.
You got this.
Now, let the world get it, too.
About Kris Harty: Kris Harty is founder and CEO of shortCHICK, llc, She brings perspective and wisdom to the table, and helps smart people like you move from overwhelm and obstacles, to over it and moving on, in life and work, Step by Step. She's a speaker, author, podcaster, and creative, giving voice to hope, joy, encouragement, and wisdom.
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