50 new things to try before I’m 50: No.1

Speaking in Public- Part one!
To be honest I didn’t ever think that this would be the first entry on this list, for starters its frankly a bit too daunting, and secondly, the list I have for these has plenty of other fun and less scary ideas and suggestions, that I thought I’d try first. But there you go, sometimes its good to start with the things that take more courage and feel a lot more intimidating to contemplate. The really scary part is that this is only part 1 – there definitely a part 2 later in this year in the planning!
So to part 1! One of the new things I’ve been working on recently, is sharing my own journey in new and different ways, for example this blog and to some extent the newsletter I regularly write, and with that in mind, I attended a Story Party workshop this month.
The Story Party is an event held in central London every 2 months, where you can volunteer to share something about yourself in the form of a 10 minute story.  There is usually a theme and although I’ve attended, I wasn’t sure it would be something I’d easily offer to try.
However The Story Party recently started holding short workshops where you could take advantage of the opportunity to both learn how, and to practice telling a story about something personal in public. Bearing in mind the fact that I’d received a suggestion about this very topic and the fact that a colleague and friend was a co-founder of the Story Party, when the workshop events were launched, it felt like it was too close to ignore.
What was great about the experience for me was that it  changed my view of speaking in public, and eased my nervousness about sharing something personal, that probably I’d only ever shared with close friends and family.  Just to clarify, I don’t mean deep dark secrets, however usually when I’ve ever been required to speak in public, it’s been in a professional conference type capacity rather than talking about getting my first tattoo, which is what I ended up standing up and speaking about, for 2 minutes at the end of the workshop.
I have to say the experience of attending, completely changed my perception of what was possible, as well as what was actually comfortable and interesting. We were given guidance, encouragement and constructive feedback throughout, and I found I was having fun, which was a totally unexpected bonus. I’m now positively expecting all my challenging “new things” will be full of as much fun and learning.
Even more surprising, I’ve now agreed to talk for 10 minutes at the Story Party in front of a crowd of about 60. The relating of that will be subject of another blog in the not too distant future!
If you’ve any suggestions, and they don’t have to be as extreme as skydiving or speaking in public, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below or sign up to receive the blog whenever it’s published so you can follow and continue to comment on my progress. All feedback and ideas gratefully received.

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