Why? Because you are not as beautiful as you want, you don’t know how to tell jokes, you are shy, you are boring, you have a physical handicap, you have a speech impediment, etc.
Don’t waste your time and ours. Run away from stage. Period.
I found an interesting testimonial from speech coach Lisa Braithwaite. Is a speech impediment an impediment? She has a lisp and it has never impeded her progress as a speaker.
As she says: “we all have insecurities”. But, it is a part of our uniqueness. Don’t let it paralyze us. Good testimonial.
In the last days, there was a big buzz around Britain’s Got Talent Susan Boyle. She is more “the girl next door” than a top model.
That did not stop her. She went to the show and blown away the judges and the audience whit her talent. Wow! What a good signer.
Click on the picture to see and hear her.
Get over your imperfections and your fears. Think that you are there to help the audience.
UPDATE: A Guide to Beating the Fears That Are Holding You Back. A blog post of Zenhabits. (via Guy Kawasaki on Twitter)