The first time I learned a three-chord song on the guitar, at age 11, my world expanded. To the outside world, I was a quiet, reserved, little girl, still grieving the death of her father. But when I played music, I felt ageless, passionate, confident, and happy....As an adult, music has enabled me to conquer lifelong fears, including a fear of public speaking and paralyzing stage fright. When I focus on expression, rather than on judging my own performance, my fear of failure diminishes.I'm excited about Leah's site, which launched this week at the perfect time for my own adventures with guitar. And I agree with her: Learning and mastering new skills (including speaking skills) can give you the confidence to tackle other new experiences. (Perhaps it's my long practice in public speaking that gives me the confidence to tackle the guitar without prior experience.) Have you found that learning another skill has inspired you to conquer public speaking issues? What helped you get started in public speaking? Share your experiences in the comments.
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