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Earlier this week I was asked to be the MC at business event in Bury St Edmunds called StartUP Suffolk. A conference for start up businesses where they could hear from established businesses what works and what doesn’t. It was a great event but it was an entirely new experience for me. I am now quite an experienced social media speaker often audiences are in the hundreds when I speak at a conference. Whilst I usually do get keyed-up (a bit of butterflies) I don’t really get nervous any more, primarily because it’s well within my comfort zone. I’ve done it before, I’ve rehearsed the talk and it’s highly unlikely that there will be any questions that I can’t answer, so what’s there to be nervous about? This time though it was something different. I was introducing a bunch of people I didn’t know, reading from a script and on my feet for 8 hours. It would be safe to say that I was well outside my comfort zone.

I thought I would write a paragraph or two about this because I guess it’s all something we have to do in business from time to time. Doing the safe stuff all of the time is both boring and (oddly) dangerous. You risk getting typecast and worse still…boring.

So, it doesn’t matter if you are a speaker or a bookkeeper, you should from time to time do something that makes you feel a bit scared…after all this is what proves that you’re still alive and you may even learn something about yourself!