The problem that most people have at
work is that they're always playing a
role… Once that happens, you
become merely “pleasant.” But “pleas-
ant” isn't always very interesting. It
doesn't give people a compelling rea-
son to work on your projects or to be
on your team. If you can engage peo-
ple by expressing who you are, then
they'll be excited to work with you.
By the time you get to this chapter, if you've been working on the program, you have already made at least six presentations! Whether you have done your public speaking in the context of a self-help workshop, in your place of work, in your community, or in front of a single empathetic friend, you have progressed toward becoming a fearless public speaker. You have stood up to your fears and said, “I won't let you rule my life!”
Now you must try to continue to challenge yourself! I urge you to make presentations as often as possible, because the best training is experience. Whenever the chance to speak in public comes up, seize it. And use your imagination to create additional opportunities.
Tom is a graphic artist. By the final session of class, he had made good progress.