I’ve heard this quote dozens of times and nodded my head in agreement, but generally disregarding it as advice for my life. I wouldn’t categorize myself as much of a risk taker or thrill seeker – in fact, I’m quick to categorize myself as a risk manager. By virtue of accepting invitations and saying Yes, I found myself stepping way outside my comfort zone.
My first Video Presentation: Using Blogs for Student Leadership Development
Thanks to a gracious invitation from Ann Marie Klotz, I presented at the Student Affairs Technology unConference: Oregon, albeit virtually. The video presenters were asked to create a Ted Style talk about how we use technology in our work. As soon as you attach “Ted” to a talk, it becomes infinitely more intimidating (or at least it does for me!). I love presenting, but have always been self-conscious about seeing myself on camera or hearing my voice recorded. Give me a projection screen, a topic I’m passionate about, and a cute pair of shoes for extra confidence – and I’m set.
Trying anything for the first time is especially difficult, but I’ve found that the energy spent worrying is almost always for naught. After expending lots of mental energy and two takes, I’d say it turned out well!
What can you do today to challenge yourself?