Originally posted in The Atlanta 100
After my latest keynote to a Fortune 500, a male executive ran up and kissed me on the cheek. My speaking career did not start nearly this well.
Vanderbilt University, 2012. I’m nominated to compete in a sorority’s “Alpha Male” competition and to somehow dazzle 200 women. Other guys play acoustic guitar or twerk shirtless to showcase their abs. Fueled by the misplaced confidence of youth, I tell five minutes of jokes. I bomb, eliminating 200 beautiful, confused faces from my potential dating pool.
Have a fear of speaking? Know that even professional speakers have completely tanked along the way.
Jim Posner, founder of The Mindful Advantage, graciously hosted me as the first guest on his brief podcast series, The Don’t Panic Project.
On it, I discuss my scientific and worldwide journey to happiness, and tips to overcome anxiety.
Here’s the link to download the podcast on iTunes.