Let's face it. We all have fears. One of my biggest is speaking in front of others. As a therapist, I do have great skills of speaking one-on-one and of building rapport quickly. However, if I have to speak in big groups, I am scared. My heart races, my palms get sweaty, and my hands and voice shake. I recently decided that I would like to face this fear, and so I joined Toastmasters. In a few days, I am supposed to give my first prepared speech, the "Icebreaker." I am nervous just preparing it. :) The theme of my speech, which is supposed to tell others about myself, is going to focus on my journey of realizing how similar we all are. Thich Nhat Hanh, one of my favorite authors, said, "We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness." I plan to share how this quote seems to keep coming back to me, through experience after experience. And, in order to help me get through the first speech, I will try to remember to Breathe and Smile, more advice by Thich Nhat Hanh.
What fears do you have? How do you work on addressing those fears?
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Amber is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She offers counseling for individual adults and clinical supervision for social workers. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, researching genealogy, reading, and dragon boating.
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