It's OK to be nervous
I think this image is of me when it was all over – happy that it was all over! Why is it that we get nervous about things – especially things we are passionate about and know inside-out. It was interesting though to see that all the men pitched freestyle and all the women had notes. The female finalists were probably thinking ‘everyone else is better than me’ whilst the men were probably saying ‘I’m by far the best’ – I’m sure it must be something to do with Chimp behaviour but I won’t go there as THE WINNER was a lady – Stella James whose company is Gooseberry Planet - a company teaching children about internet safety.
Stella deserved to win. Apparently she started the business as a single parent and after recovering from a serious illness - so well done Stella. All the other finalists had amazing ideas and all had total belief in their companies.
The highlight of the event for me was seeing the Editor of my favourite magazine Woman & Home – Sue James - for years my guilty pleasure has been, once an month, having the longest bath ever and reading it from cover to cover – I even take a highlighter into the bathroom with me – how sad is that !!!! Each month there is a section on women who have started small, often starting from their kitchen tables, and created amazingly successful businesses – I love to read these.
So how did I do on the day?
Here are the 5 things which got me through my awards pitch on the day
- Preparation –I knew what I wanted to say, had rehearsed my pitch and prepared my slides and cards. Even though I was nervous I knew what I wanted to say.
- Belief – I strongly believe I have a found a way for women to achieve a work life balance and I want to share this with others, this is a powerful motivator.
- Be myself – I wanted Sue Burton to come across, my personality and enthusiasm, rather than a polished corporate presentation style, so I could relax (a bit).
- Tell my story – I wanted to share my experiences with others, to add some personal details, to help my audience see what is possible and to make my pitch more interesting.
- Do it anyway – anyone who has ever read Susan Jeffers book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway will know this, “whatever happens, given any situation, I can handle it.” Despite the fear of public speaking, I did it!
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