WHAT I LEARNT WHEN MY VOICE WENT TWO OCTAVES HIGHER
Many years ago when I was still green, I was asked to give the physiological testing results back to the Canadian National Rowing Team . These results were used for monitoring their training programs.
The day came. The team meeting was at the University of Victoria. I was there early, prepared and a wee bit nervous… to be expected especially as the room filled with ginormous fit rowers. My job, give them understanding to what their individual test results meant; discuss the team average and national standards; answer questions. Simple… yes… however…
There were a few things that stuck in my mind from that day
- All of them looking at me
- The sound of my voice. I am dead serious; it sounded like I had been sucking on helium!
- Not only a mickey voice but I had no volume
- A room that had moments before been full of chatter and noise was now dead quiet. They had to be that quiet to hear me
- Palatably feeling through the airwaves their embarrassment for me
- I did manage to say what needed to be covered, however out of compassion for me the question period was non existent
As I write this I am laughing. It is up there on memorable moments.
So what were my thoughts THAT DAY?
- I was mortified. I could barely look at any of them as they walked out of the room
- I was embarrassed. I did not look professional. I dwelt on the negative.
- I did not believe that I knew enough, which was a lie.
What are my thoughts TODAY?
- It is an event, not a reflection of who I am
- Learn from it.
Ask yourself, “What can I do/learn to decrease nervousness?”
Ask yourself, “What could I have done differently?”
- Laugh at yourself and then laugh again when the memory comes back.
- Ask yourself what your beliefs are
Often times they are false beliefs. They need to be recognized as a false belief and then replaced with what is true.
You see I had a false belief. I thought I did not know enough. The truth was, I knew all that I needed to know to give an A-one talk and have a great questions period. After all this was my area of expertise.
- If someone had asked me a question I did not know, all I need to reply was, “Great question, I will get back to you on that!”
Thanks for the great photo from Jonas Nilsson Lee www.nilssonlee.se