Pretty much every time I raise my hand in a crowd, I feel like I’m in my final leap of a long jump competition at the Olympic Games. I can have a conversation with almost anyone and yet, if I’m not comfortable in the room, I feel like I’m stepping into the complete unknown, my voice shakes a bit, my heart races, and if it weren’t for my chocolatey brown skin, my entire face would turn flush. My worst nightmare is asking a question in a Q & A setting but I have no problem being the moderator. A perfect blend of introvert with extrovert tendencies.
If you’re going to be a self starter, sometimes you have to be the one to step out on the limb and raise your hand. In the best of times, it has proven itself to be deeply rewarding. I caught the attention of the right people and we either moved forward or used my input for a “yes, and..” on a new plan.
But it’s stepping out on a limb is hard. It can be especially intimidating as a woman. So I’m wondering, when is the last time you stepped out on a limb or took a risk to provide input in a professional setting? What was it like? Tell us all of the things.