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Published on 26th February 2018

She believed she could, so she did

“I’m amazing me”.  I’m known for saying this in the office to all my team.  I’m sure some people may think I’m a bit big headed and love to blow my own trumpet, but in truth it’s me reassuring myself that I’m doing a good job because if I don’t have confidence in myself why should anyone else have?

I absolutely love to tell a story and it usually concludes with the statement “I’m amazing me”.  I’ve been told many times that my passion for everything within the Industry and the stories I tell are the things that I should be presenting about. However, I have always taken these comments with a pinch of salt.  Deep down I know they are right but the thought of standing up, and speaking, in front of a group of people frightens the life out of me. I can happily talk to anyone at any level, during a meeting or at a networking event and this doesn’t faze me in the slightest, but put me in the front of a room filled with people and ask me to do a presentation – and I will panic.

I can’t bear to fail and what happens if I think there is a chance that I may fail?  Well…I just won’t do it. But If I can’t stand up and talk about how passionate I am about the utilities industry and recruiting into it, to help push my business to the next level and highlight important issues, then surely that’s failing too?

So, this me confessing and letting you all know I’m fighting my fear and taking on any opportunities that come my way to publicly speak at events. I started this journey presenting to the wonderful ladies that attended our first WUN meeting and I have to say that I was very nervous.  Nervous that no one would understand my northern accent, worried that I would say the wrong thing or perhaps just freeze on the spot…but, in the end, I did it!  Although personally I know I could have done much better, the feedback I’m surprised to say, was incredible!  I received tweets, tags on LinkedIn and so many other lovely messages.  It made me realise just how important it is to step outside of my comfort zone and if I helped just one woman in that room that night then I succeeded!

Every single one of us has our own set of fears, but you should never ever let fear decide your future.  I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had buckled to all my fears throughout my career.  My first pitch wasn’t perfect, and I have a long way to go to feel completely comfortable presenting in front of a large audience, but through every fear that is fought there is growth and I will continue my journey to be a great presenter. ‘I’m amazing me’.

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