Last week I had the pleasure of being invited back to Johnson & Wales University to speak to graduating seniors about “adulting” and tips for the post graduate job search. I called it, “Adulting 101” and spent almost an hour sharing my story. It was all inspired from a blog post I made right when I got hired. You can read it here!
My old professor and mentor reached out to me on LinkedIn when I first got hired. She was so proud of me for landing my dream job, and I told her about my experience and showed her my blog post. She asked if I would be interested in coming back to JWU to talk to seniors. At first I was like whoa.. what? No. My immediate reaction was to turn it down. It hasn’t even been a year since I graduated.. Why does she want ME to speak? That’s so embarrassing! But I kept thinking about it, and I knew I could do it and do it well, as uncomfortable as it made me feel, something told me to take a chance and just do it. I’m so happy I made that choice.
When the day came, the funny thing was that I wasn’t nervous at all. I kept thinking about how easy my public speaking classes were for me, and all the compliments I would get. I was confident, and talking in front of a crowd was something that came easily to me. Long story short, it went amazing! It was so fun sharing my experience and I was glad I could help students who I’m sure are as stressed as I was about life after obtaining a diploma. I’ve only just recently graduated, but I love public speaking and I was honored to be chosen as an alumni to come back and share my story!
It was so fun, in fact, that it made me believe that this is something I was born to do. I mean, I love to talk, but most importantly I love to talk about things that have substance, meaningful topics that can somehow be informative to others and make a difference. I instantly knew I had a passion for public speaking. I also had a student connect with me afterwards telling me she was glad I came and spoke, and that she loved the advice I gave. That made me so happy – beyond words, just knowing that what I had to say actually resonated with someone.
So now that I’ve found my purpose in life (lol) I am trying to find out new ways to do more of it! I’m kind of at a loss. I think that’s where the self doubt comes in of thinking I’m not good enough, and that I don’t have anything worthwhile to say. But this year I made a promise to put myself out there, take chances, do what I love to do.
With my blog, my job, and other passions I’m not going to be scared to put myself out there and share my talents and skills. It feels so good when you succeed at something outside of your comfort zone.
Comment below if you have any ideas for how I can get more involved with public speaking! I’d love to know. xo