One of my favourite things to do is to give a presentation.
I love public speaking. It fills me with energy and it's the crowd that feeds me with it.
But I used to hate public speaking.
In my first year of university, I had to present on a marketing project in front of the class - about 90 people - and I remember how nervous I was and how my nerves got the best of me. I was sweating, my voice was trembling, I couldn't look anybody in the eyes and I don't think I managed to transmit my message to my public. I was ashamed when it was all over.
My initial reaction to this 'failure' was that I was never going to do public speaking again. I was terrified and I never wanted to experience this again.
But after a couple of days, my attitude changed. I decided that I was going to overcome this fear and I was going to become a terrific public speaker.
I don't know if I am a terrific public speaker but I can certainly say that I no longer loathe giving presentations in front of small and large groups, I love it and I welcome it. The more, the better.
So how did I do it?