& the Fearless Friday Spotlight goes to....
Fearless diva Shantanai Reid started an at home business making beautiful handmade crotchet baby clothes. What started as just a weekend hobby, has now turned into a full fledged business.
Shantanai is fearless because she started a business despite her own insecurities.
"Growing up I have always watched my mother crochet beautiful blankets for my siblings and I. As much as I wanted to try and crochet a blanket, I would pick up the needle and yarn and then quickly rethink that decision. I was nervous and didn’t think I would be able to achieve something so beautiful. This year I was determined to concur my insecurities and when I did, I surpassed my own expectations. I began to crochet beautiful baby shoes. But I didn’t stop there. I took a risk and became vulnerable and shared my new found gift with others and even opened up my own business! While in graduate school, and planning a wedding I found a way to combine my passion with my financial need. I was so overcome with joy with the reviews I received, and I knew I made the right decision. If God is for us who can be against us- Romans 8:31"
Joyful Bundles is a shop catered to our littlest most adored loved ones. Shantanai crochets baby shoes, hats mittens, pacifier clips, and more! It is the perfect present for new moms, baby showers, birthdays, gender reveals, and more! Don't miss out on a unique gift for someone you love!
This week I conquered my horrific fear of public speaking. I absolutely hate doing presentations especially at work. It wasn't until I took an effective presentations class last semester in my Master's program that I realized I was trippin' over nothing -___-
Speaking in front of a crowd or a room full of people is actually not that bad. I learned that if you are passionate about your message everyone else will be too. When I give presentations at work or for class I always choose a topic about leadership and management because I want to be a boss, and it is something that I am passionate about.
If you are passionate about a particular topic make sure your love shines through your words. The best presentations are the ones that are not memorized or over rehearsed. When you talk about what you love, the presentation will be less brutal.
Here are 5 ways to conquer your fear of public speaking.
1. Have an audience first approach
Before doing a presentation make sure you research your audience and know what their age groups and interests are. You don't want to present a topic about the importance of eating meat and protein to a room full of vegan's and PETA supporters.
2. Practice makes better
Your presentation will not be perfect no matter how many times you practice. However, the more you practice the more comfortable you will feel. I always practice my presentations with someone who is very critical and won't sugar coat my feedback. Get all the brutally honest feedback you can. Also, the more you present, the more confident you will get.
3. Be confident
Telling someone to be confident while giving a speech is like telling someone I'm sorry for your loss. There's nothing you can really do and that's the sad part. It is up to the person to adjust their thoughts and feelings and conquer that imaginary fear inside of them. Being confident is all mental. If you mentally tell yourself that your message is powerful and your audience will learn from it, you will go into the presentation feeling so much more confident. Believe in what you are presenting and let it show through your words.
4. Keep it simple
I hate doing PowerPoint presentations and I've come to realize that the further along I get in my career the more I have to do PowerPoints. Ugh. So since there is no escaping them, I learned that keeping your slides simple will make you feel so much more confident while presenting. Don't use fancy transitions or words swinging across the screen. Use a generic background with very little text. I like to only use images on my slides and do voice over. That way your audience is focusing on you and not the swirly words spinning on the screen behind you.
5. Picture everyone naked
Just kidding don't do that. Unless you want to... I do think that you should picture everyone being on the same level as you. It can be intimidating to present in front of the CEO of your company or someone who is more superior than you. If you picture everyone in the room as simply being a human being (because that's what they are) you will feel much more comfortable. Don't be intimidated by someone's status because at one point they were once in your shoes.
Be the conqueror I know you can be and present like a boss. Your inner confidence will shine through your words and empower everyone in the room if you genuinely believe you are capable to do so. #LiveFearlessly & #UnleashYourself
Share this post with someone who may need help with conquering their fear of public speaking.
Entertainment Professional Amira Fair is fearless because she embraces her mistakes.
"My failures give me the most confidence. Every time I catch myself dwelling on my short comings, it gives me the drive to own up to my mistakes & work harder to attain my goals."
Amira Fair is a dynamic entertainment media producer and radio personality that has been in the industry for over 5 years. She is also a stage 3 ovarian cancer survivor. Amira has been killing the game despite her diagnosis and does not dwell on it. She finds strength in doing what she loves and is reminded everyday why she started.
"This journey allowed me to strengthen my tenacity, lose my fear, & most importantly find my faith. What more can I say, I'm thankful."
I am so inspired by Amira's courage and strength because she does not allow negativity to consume her. She has an inner glow that truly shines through her personality and her craft.
Amira gets her drive by not dwelling on things that do not bring her strength and positivity. She values her personal growth and loves to inspire those around her.
Amira is a thriving media professional who has produced content for major news networks such as ABC, BBC, NBC, Cablevision and Veria Living. She is currently a radio host on New Jersey's #1 Internet station, Nonfiction Radio with her own show entitled, "The Spill".
Also, as a freelance journalist, Amira has interviewed some of the most influential names, including former NYC mayor David Dinkins, Vice Chairman at Morgan Stanley Carla Harris, Grammy Award winning Producer Jerry Wonda and the cast of the hit television show, Tyler Perry's The Haves and Have Nots.
Amira wants you to know that failure is a part of success. No one is perfect. Always remember that success is never attained within comfort zones.
A full list of Amira's accolades can be found at amirafair.weebly.com.
You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter at @ItsAFairPlay.
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