If we haven’t spoken in a while, you may not know that I quit my job working for people and started my own business. June 23 will be one year since I leaped. Since then, I have been continuously placed out of my comfort zone and on a path to learning incredible things.
Around November 2017, my business partner and I joined the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. At the Chamber events, we have been able to network with some incredible small business owners around town. The Chamber also introduced us to a non-profit that helps small businesses called SCORE.
SCORE has many chapters around the world. For us, we have a few in South Florida. There was a man that I met through the Chamber who works closely with SCORE. His girlfriend was teaching a class on Public Relations and a few other items that surround that topic. They kindly introduced me to the person who organizes the workshops.
When I met with SCORE, they explained how they were looking for someone who can teach a workshop on SEO. I said sure and figured this is an excellent way for me to continue getting my business partner and I’s agency out there.
The class had a max seating of 16, and fortunately, we filled up the house. I wasn’t sure how I felt about teaching a two-hour workshop, but I knew that I had to do it. I felt a bit nervous and entirely out of my comfort zone. I was slightly freaking myself out with the fear that someone would ask me something that I didn’t know.
Since I’ve been very busy lately, I hurried and created the slides. I was concerned that I would end up reading the slides because I didn’t have enough time to go back and review and practice before the class. I was also fighting a cold that was dragging me down a bit.
The morning came, and it was time for me to face everyone. At this point, all I could do was rely on my experience and expertise. The education director introduced me, and it was my time to shine. I greeted everyone with a good morning and jumped right into the presentation. I had everyone go around the room and tell me their name, job title, and industry.
I figured this was a good way for me to give real examples that could relate to everyone. And it worked!
After one hour of the class, I started to feel the coughing coming. It came perfectly because it was time for a break anyway. I downed a bottle of water and ate a cough drop. I was able to get myself back and continue the class.
The coolest part about everything, it started to feel natural up there. I ran through the slides, answered questions perfectly, and it felt good. I noticed people were writing down notes, asking questions and taking pictures of the slides. Like these people cared what I had to say!
This workshop was exactly what I needed to remind me I can do it.
- I am smart enough.
- I am strong enough.
- I can do it.
P.S. Sorry about the blurry picture. It was all I had to work with.