You may find it hard to believe, but I’m an introvert. When I made my 2016 resolution to speak more and do a TED talk one day, it shows how far I’ve come speaking to others and how much further I want to take myself.
When I moved to the U.S. from Japan in 1989, the language barrier created enormous anxiety. Words frightened me. I excelled at sports and math (except word problems!) but English classes instilled so much fear in me that I started talking less and less. Eventually I turned into a shy child, unlike my former self in Japan.
But, at age 40, I decided it was time to turn that around. While I am comfortable behind the camera and interacting with clients one on one, I decided to transform that shy child into a bonafide public speaker. Thanks to Underwater Transformation, I’ve been lucky to have been interviewed by many media outlets all over the world. Trust me, it’s isn’t easy. Every time I speak, my stomach feels like I have those little sardines you see swimming in swarms at the aquarium in it (you may call them butterflies, but as a child of water they are fish to me!). Just last month I was interviewed by Helpsy, and even with all the interviews I have done, I still got nervous.
I sometimes find myself asking the interviewers to send their questions via email. It not only gives me more time to answer the questions, but it helps...