There was a time when I thought I could never speak in front of an audience, but then Binngo happened in 2005.
Binngo was a 9 year-old Maltese with a known heart condition. His veterinarian cleared him for grooming. But he had a heart attack on my grooming table and died later at the vet’s office. Even though I had taken a pet first aid class 6 years prior, I didn’t remember what to do.
It was probably the most helpless I’ve ever felt in my grooming career. The next day I began looking for local pet first aid classes. I couldn’t find a single one and none of the upcoming trade shows were offering them either.
By chance, there was an upcoming instructor training class about 2 hours south of me. I knew that I didn’t want other groomers to feel the way I did that day and I overcame my fear of speaking in public and signed up.
My goal had always been to bring back pet first aid classes to the trade shows. It was scary stepping out of my comfort zone and I wished I had had better guidance than me just winging it and seeing what would work.
It’s been over 13 years since I took that instructor class and it was one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made. It has led to some awesome opportunities, including speaking at pet conferences and launching my own industry nominated website of the year membership site.
All because I just did it. So my question for anyone reading this: Do you have a message you want others to hear? What’s stopping you? If you are considering speaking and would like my PDF of 3 Elements Of A Good Seminar, click this link: http://bit.ly/3SpeakingTipsForYou.