I’m good at this. Maybe you’re good at this too? Thinking you’re ‘not that good’ at things and underestimating your talent and value. But the chances are you are good, or at the very least ‘good enough’.
I am someone who tends towards the perfectionist and, given half the chance, I’ll compare myself ‘upwards’ (i.e. look up to people who are more qualified and better than me) and make a comparison in that direction. But if I took a moment to look sideways, or even ‘downwards’, the chances are that I’d spot I’m as good if not better than a lot of other people on a subject/task/thing. I’m not going to suggest you put others down for your own benefit (not cool!), but I do think it’s worth taking stock and ‘benchmarking’ where you are for your own benefit.
And who says you have to be perfect anyway?
If you’ve got something to say that will help other people or other businesses, then say it. Speak it out loud from stage or on video, write it down in a blog or an article... don’t wait until you’re a professional keynote speaker, an accomplished presenter, or a published author. Of course take advice and training, of course strive to ‘get better’, but I’d wager you’re more than good enough already. You’re better than you think you are if you looked ‘around’ you instead of only looking ‘up’.
This blog was brought to you courtesy of me who still thinks she’s not a great speaker, but simply someone who speaks ‘OK’ but who, this week, received the feedback from a highly-regarded professional speaker at the end of a live talk who told her she was a ‘much better speaker than you think you are’. Thanks Alan, much appreciated. Am passing on the feedback...
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