Do you remember how it felt?
Do you remember the nervousness before going on stage?
Do you remember the rehearsing time? Did you enjoy it?
Think back, you go on stage. All the kids around you are as nervous as you, the teacher telling you all to be quiet. In one word: TENSION!
When you are out there on stage, all school is watching you singing, dancing or reciting a noble quote. Sometimes these are moments we want to forget. It’s hard being in front.
Fast forward 20 years
You are about to launch, you got great coverage on media for your startup, and suddenly you find yourself on stage again. You’ve been asked to give an interview, you need to comment on a question somebody asks from a crowd of listeners. Just the same as 20 years before, it’s hard being out there. What if you make a mistake? what if you communicate wrong?
Not all of us are born with a natural stage and camera talents. It can be scary and intimidating. But these moments are the ones that we communicate with a large audience and show how confident we are. Confident in our product, confident in our service and what we do.
Fortunately, it’s something you get used to, practice and get better in doing it. You practice your confidence. Then, it’s even quite enjoyable.
I had a chance on the last couple of months to be out there on media, whether it’s an interview or a live show, I keep thinking what if i’d say something wrong, what would happened afterwards? what would be the ramifications?
You probably expect me to say: “Nothing happened afterwards. It just passed and the world kept going”. So, yes, the world kept going and truth is I don’t know if something I said was wrong, or unprofessional to someones’ ears. So far, fortunately, I didn’t get any comments or bad feedback, but I really don’t know.
Still, I gain a lot by speaking and being out there. I’m glad I can communicate my ideas with a larger crowd, which creates discussion and awareness. You can’t hold being right 100% of the time and if someone says in the future I was wrong. It’s fine, I can handle that in the future.
I invite you to listen to a live show that was broadcasted at China Radio International about “How technology changes our lives?”. It was a fun show with
How Technology Changes our lives? / China Radio International
A few days afterwards I got another call from China Radio International for a short recorded phone interview about the reasons I came to China and my life in Beijing.
China’s silicon valley, Zhongguancun draws Israeli entrepreneurs to China / China Radio International
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Now over to you
What are your experiences when speaking publicly? What were the ramifications of that? Got more comments? People getting in touch and giving their own views?
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