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Have you ever been ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied by some­thing seem­ingly ir­ra­tional?

You know, that type of fear that makes you feel a bit clammy and nau­seous - some­thing that trig­gers the prim­i­tive fight or flight re­sponse which prob­a­bly means it should be avoided at all costs?

For me that fear has al­ways been pub­lic speak­ing. But ear­lier this year, I de­cided to do some­thing about it.

I joined Toastmasters. It was a huge step, and an ex­tremely un­com­fort­able one. Stand­ing up in front of oth­ers and stat­ing your opin­ion or speak­ing your truth is re­veal­ing - you feel ex­posed.

Week af­ter week, meet­ing af­ter meet­ing, I turn up and con­front that fear. It’s still un­com­fort­able and I sus­pect it al­ways will be but hav­ing the sup­port of an ab­so­lutely lovely bunch of peo­ple has been amaz­ing and in­valu­able.

They gen­uinely want you to suc­ceed, even though some­times we’re our own harsh­est critic. That’s price­less.

- Jenny

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