Public speaking used to be something that terrified me. In school, I was always the one who would look down when the teacher asked a question. “Don’t pick me. Don’t pick me.” And maybe they sensed that my face was turning red just by the thought of being asked because they always picked me. But then after I had graduated with my Master’s Degree, I attended a job fair. Since I wasn’t interested in the jobs or companies there, I went to listen to some of the speakers, who had been scheduled to speak. One of the speakers changed my life.
A few years into running my successful businesses, people started asking me to speak at conferences, events, and literary festivals. And the answer was always a quick “no.” I was reminded of those school days, where I couldn’t even answer a question. But then one person pushed me into Toastmasters and one day, I won a speaking award. And that’s when a whole new brand of the business was born.