This is an expanded 10-part series delving individually into the reasons why you should write a book and why I should be your guide based on this post.
Reason #6: A book will help you get over your fears, even your fear of public speaking
Have you ever noticed that authors are usually asked to speak at conferences or seminars? Well, my friend, the same will be true for you. I know, but you’re afraid of speaking, right?
Well, the only way to face any fear is to stand up to it. We overcome our fears by doing the thing that we fear. Here are three other ways to overcome fear:
Define your fear. When we face new situations in life, we normally imagine the worst-case scenario. But, did you know that you can dramatically shrink your fears by simply putting them into words on a piece of paper? See how writing helps you to slay fear.
Accept the challenges that fear presents to you. Instead of shrinking back and giving fear the upper hand, accept fear as a normal part and life and act in spite of it. A great tool from author and speaker Mel Robbins of The 5 Second Rule, really works. Try it. When you want to do something, just count backward 5–4–3–2–1 and then do the thing that you fear. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Think of the benefits of acting in the face of your fear. Think of what it will do for your self-esteem and self-confidence. A good exercise is to physically write down the benefits you will gain by forging ahead. The thing to remember is that every decision you make is helping to form the person you are becoming. Do you want your fear to define you or do you want to take that scary risk and come off the victor?
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Here are five more ways writing a book can help you slay your fears:
Develops clarity and confidence: Writing a book requires a significant amount of focus and concentration, and it can help you develop clarity and confidence in your own voice and ideas. As you put your thoughts on paper, you’ll become more familiar with your own ideas and perspectives, which can help you feel more confident when it comes to sharing them with others, whether it’s through public speaking or other forms of communication.
Prepares you for public speaking: Writing a book prepares you for public speaking. For one, you’ll become more familiar with your topic and the arguments you want to make, which will help you feel more prepared and confident when it comes time to present your ideas to an audience. Additionally, the act of writing itself can help you develop your own unique voice and style, which can make your public speaking more engaging and memorable.
Provides a platform for public speaking: Once you’ve written a book, you’ll have a built-in platform for public speaking. You can use your book as a launching pad for speaking engagements, book signings, and other events where you can share your ideas with others. Having a published book under your belt can also help you establish yourself as an expert in your field, which can open up even more opportunities for public speaking.
Boosts self-esteem: Writing a book can be a challenging and rewarding experience, and it can help boost your self-esteem and confidence. As you work through the writing process and see your ideas come to life on the page, you’ll likely feel a sense of pride and accomplishment that can carry over into other areas of your life. Knowing that you’ve written a book can help you feel more confident in your abilities and more comfortable sharing your ideas with others.
Provides a sense of purpose: Finally, writing a book can provide a sense of purpose and direction, which can help alleviate anxiety and fear. When you have a clear goal in mind, such as writing a book, it can give you a sense of direction and focus that can help you overcome any fears or doubts you may have. By working towards a specific goal, you’ll be able to push past any obstacles that come your way and ultimately achieve success.
The act of creating something that is valuable and meaningful to others is a feeling like no other.
I want that feeling for you.
Writing Accountability for Success
There’s an old African Proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”
Sign up for the AI Amazon Author Challenge and I will be your accountability partner along the way with weekly Zoom meetups and office hours to help you write that masterpiece.
Our 4-Week Workflow Outline
March 5–11 = Outline 4 AI books
March 12- 18 = Write 4 AI books
March 19–25 = Design/Edit 4 AI books
March 26–31 = Upload 4 AI books to Amazon
Note: This is not a copy-and-paste challenge. AI will only be used as our dutiful assistant.
AI Handwriting on the Wall
According to this Business Insider article, AI is helping your company decide who to lay off. So, now is the time to take advantage of AI before it takes advantage of you. Use it to your advantage by writing 4 ebooks in 4 weeks with my Amazon AI March Madness 30-day challenge. There is no cost to you to join, except the cost of inaction. I believe in you. Will you?
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