Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? You've probably had both experiences!
Did you ask the other person out? Did they ask you out? Maybe you've just kind of eased into it by saying "We should do something sometime." (I used that one on my hubby when we were still getting to know each other.)
Did/do you find dating stressful? Scary? Uncomfortable? Nervewracking?
Did/do you feel like you were on display? Being judged?
There is an important purpose behind dating: You hope to find your soulmate, your life partner, or at least someone you enjoy being with for a while. Most of us would like to have a special someone in our lives that we can share some level of intimacy with, and dating helps us find that person.
Dating also helps you discover who you are as a person. Dating helps you test out who you are and who you want to be in a relationship. Dating helps you figure out your communication skills, your self-awareness, your self-perceptions and what kind of person you are on the inside.
As much as dating can feel awkward and uncomfortable, you do it because there's a desired outcome and reward. You may feel nervous about it, but you still do it, because you understand the value behind it.
Public speaking also has desired outcomes and rewards. There is incredible value to getting in front of an audience and sharing your message. I've written about some of those benefits and outcomes here.
Avoiding public speaking because it's scary and you have to face the unknown is like avoiding dating because it's scary and you have to face the unknown.
What if you were to perceive the rewards of speaking the way you perceive the rewards of dating?
What if your biggest dreams of personal and professional success could be met just by getting in front of more audiences and giving more memorable and engaging presentations?
If you're ready to stop avoiding, if you're ready to take some risks in order to gain the rewards, if you want to know how to make your presentations more memorable and engaging, or if you just want to flesh out what those rewards might look like for you, get in touch.