I'm an introvert, but I do love my speaking engagements. The idea of being a speaker is cool to me and I always jump at every opportunity.
I immediately said yes when invited to speak at the Malaysia's 100 Social Media Hub Talk. That was less than two months ago.
Twenty minutes before the talk -- as I was having lunch with my mum and brother at Kenny Roger's KLCC Convention Centre -- I told them how scared how I was.
"This is a bad idea. Maybe I should not do this," I told them before.
Mere minutes later, I found my affirmation: "Wait. Don't quit just yet. This is a talk on social media. This is your strength. Even if your points don't make quite sense, just wing it! Just do what you gotta do for that 30 minutes, even if you're gonna make a fool out of yourself.
And so I did. I went on the stage. It wasn't a huge crowd but of course, there were curious onlookers. Here are 10 lessons I learned as I took the stage:
- When it's your passion, there's no time to feel scared as this is what you've always wanted.
- When the 'spotlight' is on you - just take the baton from the emcee.
- My other fear: Will people sit and listen to my talk? I'm grateful I have an audience other than my mother and brother. Hahaha!
- Never get discouraged if some gets up and leave.
- Look at those who nod their head as you go through your points. At least they're listening!
- Let the talk flow naturally -- sometimes you just got to wing it!
- Make good eye contact with your audience.
- It's OK to stumble a bit. Get back on track ASAP.
- Regardless of the size of the audience -- big or small -- just enjoy the moment.
- Remember your purpose: You're here to share. What people do with that knowledge, it's up to them.