I know someone who left her corporate high-level job one week before COVID hit. So did her husband. They took off for warmer climes - the Virgin Islands, to be precise - to start a Bed & Breakfast. And then - one week later - COVID hit.
What a great excuse for panic. But instead of panicking, she started looking for independent work to do. She asked herself, "What can I do to stay afloat here until I know how to do something different?" And even amidst the nervousness, she made room in her consciousness: maybe there is something I can do.
I hired her to be my Virtual Assistant until her business got going.
The reason I mention her is that she confronted the unknown, she asked some questions of herself, made room for potential answers, and she moved forward. In scary times of the unknown, we need steps that we can place our feet on with certainty. Without that, we spin.
In these uncertain times, we also have our so-called Number One fear to deal with: public speaking. Okay, it's not exactly the same as getting onto a stage and giving a talk - granted! - but I know a lot of people, a lot of businesswomen, a lot of entrepreneurs who are having fits dealing with having to be so visible on Zoom.
I also have a friend who will not chat on Zoom with me because she doesn't like the way she looks, and she doesn't want to see herself on that medium. That's a terrible situation in which I have to miss my friend at the time I could use connections the most.
For businesswomen/entrepreneurs, the problem is equally acute.
What do you do if you have to now do your business online? Live? On Zoom, or GoToWebinar?...and you are profoundly uncomfortable with the process, and lacking any ways of being able to check your effectiveness or appropriateness?
I want to get you onto that path. The world needs people of vision whose mission is to serve. But in these times, a reticence to show up will severely restrict your impact. And the world - and you - can't afford that.
There are techniques and solid places to put your feet as you confront your need to transform right now, and anytime you move forward.
Equally important - critical in these times - is how we move forward.
At the very same time as we are being forced to think long and hard about how we can support ourselves, we are being asked to think about changing about how that happens.
When were we trained in the types of questions to ask, and where to stand in relation to them?
When were we ever trained in dealing with our emotions during traumatic times?
When were we ever guided in how to be our best selves while under stress - not to mention what it even means to be our best selves?
Never. Never. Never. Until now.
I am holding a Free 5-day Challenge - The Visibility Challenge - starting August 17th. I am inviting you to join me so that you can smooth your way forward in this new and largely unrecognizable world. I am inviting you to join a community of others who are feeling what you're feeling: uncertain, emotional, confused, needing to connect with other people of vision/mission, and ready to do what it takes to confront these times by courageously trying.
You just have to go here to get the registration link:
Here are the things you are going to learn when you attend this Challenge:
Imagine what life would feel like without that pit in your stomach every time you are invited to a Zoom meeting.
Imagine how your business would move forward if you were able to extend your virtual reach, now that you really don't have as much of a choice about that as you used to.
I hope you will join me, and others who are even just 1% more passionate about the thing driving their need to be visible, than they are hesitant about being seen.
I'm an actor. I remember my first professional audition. Truth is: I was a mess. Now, hand me a microphone and put me on a stage and I can talk about anything off the cuff, and happily so.
Let me help you with the mindset, techniques, emotional holdbacks and the rest of the list of things that stop you from speaking up and being your authentic self - whether you're on Zoom, on a stage, in a meeting, or in an important 1-on-1 conversation.
Because you deserve to be heard.
Women's Leadership Coach and Speaker Lori is the author of Call Center Crazy and The Human Solution: Human Solutions to Every "Unsolvable" Business Problem,
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