fear of failure

How to Build Confidence within Your Firm

The stakes are high. Summer associates, new hires, new partners and new leaders have to consistently break down barriers to deal with these stakes. For them to gain respect and trust from their co-workers, they must dispel questions and fears from those around them about their ability to handle the job ahead. If they break .. read more

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Comfort Zone or Adventure?

Last weekend my partner and I did some white-water rafting in West Virginia, the land of the wild and wonderful. As a public speaking and communication coach I encourage clients to explore territory outside their comfort zone and you better believe that focus took hold of me while I was on my own personal adventure. .. read more

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Get over it!

We all have our issues. Maybe shyness, perfection, rule-following, control. There are many things that create over-the-top and even underwhelming behavior patterns. We need to grow up and get over them. We are designed to speak, to not be perfect, to be human and to be flexible. Here is another issue to get over that .. read more

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On August 21st, 2013, posted in: action, anxiety, fear of failure by

Dare to let your dreams become urgent

Walt Disney first thought there could be a better amusement park. Before long he started to think he should build it. He had a dream, didn’t let it go, and when he saw the urgency he did something about it. That’s when he shifted from vision to mission. Dare like Disney 1. Decide your dream .. read more

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On January 29th, 2013, posted in: action, business development, career, fear of failure, get it done by

Yes, You Can Get over Presentation Anxiety

One of the ways people are taught to get over their fears is simply by facing them. Hence – just do it. If that’s the best we have for addressing presentation anxiety, it’s not enough. Eventhough I, too, have offered quick fixes with the confident by tomorrow morning approach, tactics like this address circumstantial-, not .. read more

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On September 26th, 2012, posted in: anxiety, confidence, fear of failure, focus, hone your message, Uncategorized by

Step Up

I get asked to do things that stretch me. No doubt, you do, too. Maybe it’s being a guest speaker in a webinar, a coach for a¬† new audience of professionals I haven’t experienced before, or even customize a topic for a presentation. My first reaction is usually, “gosh, am I good enough?”. And by .. read more

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Face It

For some of us, success is what we fear. The only real solution is to get over it. And by that, I mean, just Face It. Look it squarely in the eye. Learn what it is that makes us shake and then address it. Similarly, many of us fear getting in front of groups. Whether .. read more

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On January 25th, 2012, posted in: business building, extroverts, fear of failure, public speaking by

They’ll Laugh at Me

Being laughed at is one of the most devastating, dibilitating fears for the majority of us, especially for introverts. It keeps us away from speaking platforms, participating in meetings, trying out for group activities as well as from going out in public. If we have this fear, it’s because we’ve directly or indirectly experienced humiliation, and we assume .. read more

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On November 18th, 2011, posted in: Darren Lacroix, fear of failure, introverts, Michener, willingness by