It was June 2014. I was writing my book, and was told that if I wanted
people to know about it, I’d have to become a speaker. But I took a zero
instead of public speaking. I was terrified. What was I going to do?
I gathered my courage and, with Derek Shelly by my side, I was as ready as
I could be, to do my first presentation in front of 50 people. I was anxious,
but felt much better knowing I wasn’t going to be alone. (Don't judge my hair...)
Five minutes before we were starting, Derek poked his head in and said,
“So sorry, I have to deal with something. You’ll be great”, and he left. I fought
the tears, shook the whole time I flipped the pages of my large flip chart
(what did I know about a power point presentation??) and I did it!
It was in that moment that I realized, I didn’t need to be perfect. It was OK
to be nervous. The terror I felt was in my head. I mean, really, what’s the
worst thing that could happen? People don’t like what you have to say?
I think we can get over that!
Fast forward to March 30th, 2019, I shared my message on the TEDx
stage in Orillia. It was exhilarating and terrifying. But I knew I had an
Idea Worth Sharing—as is the TED Talk mandate. Besides, what’s the worst
that could happen? I suppose I could have fainted, but I didn’t.
I could forget everything, but I didn’t. I was nervous and I did it anyway.
And the feedback has been humbling and wonderful.
(In case you missed it...)
Five years ago, if you would have told me that I would leave my nursing career, become an author, speaker, change maker, television and radio host who was sharing her message with the world… I would have laughed and laughed then let you know you had mistaken me for someone else!
The moral of the story is: You never know how far you can get and how
much you can grow, until you leap out of your comfort zone.
Let passion and purpose lead the way.
(You can see that I am much more comfortable on stage now...)
Today is the five year anniversary from my first Love Your Life to Death presentation. We have come a long way since June 2014.
We have added some pictures below.
We aspire to share this message with the world!
Why not? I’ve come this far, I might as well keep on going!
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Yvonne Heath is a Canadian Transformational Speaker, Television Host, Author and creator of the #IJustShowedUp movement.
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