Face Your Fears – You May be Pleasantly Surprised

I am basically a very shy person, and I always feel very uncomfortable in strange places or in large groups, so a nightmare scenario for me is to have to address a large group of people in a strange place. I think this comes from a case of stage fright I got when I did a school play and had to give a monologue.

I stood on the stage, looked at all the people in the audience opened my mouth and my brain shut down…. I ran off the stage as quick as I could. The strange thing is.. I can still recite that damn monologue now from memory 40 years later!

Last Thursday at 9.45 am I stood up in front of 25 people in a Meeting room In Nottingham and presented my first ever seminar. The 2 day seminar covered Product Creation, List Building and Promoting your Products. I can’t remember ever enjoying “work” so much in my life.

Within about 5 minutes the fears and nervousness disapeared, the adrenaline kicked in and I was on a roll. Questions were asked and the answers just came without me even having to think about it, ideas that i’d never considered before sprung from the grey mush between my ears. I was having the time of my life… well apart from that night in the Ice bar in oslo….but thats another story.

I spent 2 very productive days with the nicest group of people you could ever meet, If I’d let my fear win I would never have had that experience. I learned a lot myself from the people who attended, never underestimate the power of sharing information with likeminded people

The really perverse thing about all this is that I arranged to present a 2nd seminar in Las Vegas before I knew if I could do it. Do you know what? I can’t wait, I wish it was next week.

(me presenting a seminar in vegas…I still can’t believe it!)

What aspects of you IM life, or even life in general do you fear?

I’ve had people tell me they were afraid to ask for help in case they were thought of as stupid.

I’ve had people write great products and not release them because they were afraid people wouldn’t like them

I’ve known people who wouldn’t send an email asking about a JV because they were afraid of the other person saying no.

Like most fears these are all irrational so what if they say no if you don’t ask it’s the same as a no.

Forget those irrational fears get out there and do something that you are afraid of.

Do it today address one fear that’s holding you back you’ll more than likely be surprised at the outcome.

Below is the group photo of the brave people who attended my first ever seminar, thanks guys , you don’t know how much I owe you!

Seminar Attendees

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Rich Russell

Hi Mark

I would never have known you were nervous if you hadn’t mentioned it. We do look a scary bunch though!

If one of the things you are afraid of is going to an IM seminar, you really need to get over it. Meeting people who understand what you are trying to do is the best thing ever. You just need to choose the right one.

The WPG forum is the best place on the internet to find people who are both knowledgeable and willing to help. Meeting them in person is ten times better. That includes Mark.

For those of us who are getting tired of totally up themselves gurus, he is a breath of fresh air. He is out there doing it everyday and teaching what he is actually doing.

If you can get to Vegas, do it.

Rich

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Damian Jackson

You soon got into your stride after about 5 minutes! It was such an enjoyable and informative seminar, I’m still gutted I missed day 2 and the photo! I’ve taken so much away from it that I’m busy right now planning my first info product to release on Clickbank! I’ve so many ideas following the seminar that there’s just not enough time to go through with everything.

I can’t wait till the next one! All the best with Vegas.

Damian

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Luis

Well done Mark!

It’s always good to face those ghosts in the closet,
you might find they are just an illusion like you did!

Congrats!

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Sue

Congrats Mark, I’m sure you are still on a high! You are so right – achieving what previously held you back really makes you feel great – keep up the good work – I’m only sorry I didn’t make it! Well done,

Sue

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Keith Jones

I would never have believed you were even a bit nervous !
Nottingham was great fun and i feel sorry for those who missed it .

I learned sooooo Much and had a great time.
Thanks Mark – you can be nervous again – any time !

Keith
(The Giant at the back )

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Keith Evans

The seminar was superb Mark.

We would never have thought that we popped your cherry!

Informative and fun is the way i would put it. I Learned a lot from you, and also loads from the other people there as well.

Can’t wait for the next one now.. and if there is any way for me to get to vegas for your next session.. i will be there..

Well Done mate

Keith

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Heather

I am so excited for the seminar in Vegas. I can hardly wait to go!

Heather

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Tess

Mark, you were Top Man in Nottingham!

I’ve suffered stage fright over the years, often irrationally. What I liked about you was that you admitted up front that you were nervous – and then we all forgot about it.

Wish I was going to Vegas but even though we didn’t go further than East Midlands airport, I think we all saw how we could benefit from the game of life (despite the lack of slot machines in the foyer).

Tess

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Theresa Mayhew

Hi Mark,
Congratulations for stepping out of your comfort zone and teaching something so valuable. You’ve inspired many, including me to face my fears and move through them.

Thanks,
Theresa

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Candice

Mark,
Great post……………thank you for sharing! As a matter of fact, today, I had to face a fear and just do it anyway………………..turned out great and I feel so much better. Just faced it and did it………Period.

Excellent advice!

Candice

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John Burnside

Thanks for the post, public speaking is one of those things that when you get up there and do it you can realise that you know alot more than you thought you did which gives you all kinds of confidence

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