In the spotlight today is Darlene Victoria Gonzalez, host and producer of “A Virtual Perception” podcast.
I love what I do. I am a public speaker, a podcast host to be exact. A podcast is much like a radio show, but it is accessed online. As a podcast host I share my insights on a variety of topics and I also talk to people almost every single day; most of whom are strangers to me, and people I have never had a conversation with prior to them being on my podcast.
So, how surprised would you be if I told you that I was once a shy individual? I am not simply talking shy, I am talking super shy. I was once someone who cringed at the thought of getting up in front of a roomful of strangers and talking. A childhood friend’s father nicknamed me “Mousey” because I was always so quiet. And, in 1991 I was voted “Most Shyest” in my Middle School yearbook.
So, how did I go from being “Most Shyest” to someone who loves talking to complete strangers and the host of several successful podcasts? The secrets are simple really.
- I stopped worrying about what people thought about me; this enabled me take a real interest in what people were saying to me instead.
- I have also learned to relax.
- I clear my mind and simply relax.
- The last thing that has helped me with my shyness and becoming a better public speaker is to simply be prepared.
Still to this day I get a bit anxious when it comes time to do a podcast interview. So, before I start an interview, I take a few moments to do some deep breathing exercises.
This way, when I start the interview I am in a calm, relaxed state and can totally focus on what my guest is saying.
A lot of the times I will write out what I would like to say or ask prior to an interview. Most of the time I deviate from my original plan, but having that piece of paper to fall back on helps me if I start to feel anxious or shy.
So, the next time you find yourself faced with a public speaking engagement of any sort (even if it is creating your very own podcast or video production), remember these three things: flip the situation so it is more about your audience and less about you, relax and be prepared. You’ll do great!
More information about Darlene Victoria Gonzalez:
Darlene Victoria Gonzalez is the host and producer of A Virtual Perception podcast, a podcast for Virtual Assistants. She is also a multimedia specialist helping small business owners with their audio and video production needs. Visit her website and blog at: http://www.yourtrueharmony.com for more information and multimedia tips.