You’ve got this: A guide to telling your story, presenting yourself, and working the room

Joan Bowling is a natural at two things: speaking and teaching others how to speak in even the most stressful situations. She was born to do an audio interview about this kind of thing. Get ready for a surge of confidence.

Joan Bowling of Joan Bowling Presents is fresh from coaching a few TEDxRVA speakers–locals who are facing the prospect of getting up in front of 1,300 people and telling their stories (sometimes deeply personal). Where to even start?

That’s no problem for Joan Bowling, who swears she gets attacks of nerves sometimes, but it’s an impossible thing to imagine. She is friendly, warm, interesting and interested at the same time, and absolutely believes you can get over your jitters–whether you balk at making some headway at a networking event or accepting invitations to speak at an event.

Joan insists that everyone deals with these jitters to some extent, and the only way we can conquer them is–little by little–pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. She gives tips on how to formulate your own story, how to make conversation with somebody you really want to meet, how to introduce yourself, how to prepare for a speaking engagement, and, most of all, how to stop convincing yourself that you can’t. Because you can!

It’s not magic, it’s just practice.

Photo by: Photo Cindy

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