Do you think you know yourself pretty well? Do you think you know how you’d behave in most situations?
Ten days ago I would have said YES to those questions. And then something happened that changed that.
If you had been with me on Friday, 2nd September, at 11.30am, you’d have been in a hotel near Heathrow. There are 50 other people in the room, many of whom have flown in from all over the world. We’re all people who speak on stage and we’re here to hone our skills.
There’s a man on stage talking about trust. How much do you trust your audience? How much will you truly connect with them? Or will you be a robot delivering information?
Obviously I do not want to be a robot, so I am keen to hear more. He demonstrates a ‘trust exercise’ and I say to myself, that’s easy!
Five minutes later, you’d have seen me standing on a chair paralyzed with fear. I have my arms folded across my chest and behind me eight people are kneeling, arms crossed, hands clasped together. They’re waiting for me to fall into their arms. I can feel my knees quiver.
I’m stunned. I have walked on hot coals with Tony Robbins.
I say to the trainer, ‘I don’t think I can do this.’
What happens next?
He pushes me! I fall into their arms. And then he says, ‘now do it yourself.’
Has there been a time in your life when you’ve been shocked by your response, when you’ve really thought about how you do things and relate to others?
I know that I will be different the next time I’m on stage.
I’d love to know what you think.
HUGS from Ibiza!
Lots of love,
PS I have two spaces soon opening up for private mentoring. Shoot my assistant, Lisa, an email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on +44 (0)203 290 2628, to register your interest.