A Fundraiser’s Journey – Get out of your comfort zone

Kelly Updike for PCNRC

As a person who prefers a book to a party, I am drawn to those who exude confidence and poise in public situations.

So it was a surprise to learn from the calm and composed Carolyn Bean, development manager at Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, that she once suffered from stage fright.

Carolyn, who also has worked at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, regularly has to speak in small groups and to large crowds. But holding a microphone and giving a presentation did not make her happy; Carolyn said she had to overcome some mental fears in order to appreciate this important part of her work.

“I enjoy getting out in front of people now because I realized they’re not judging,” she said.

When we have a natural inclination, such as shyness, or we set up barriers, such as a too-busy work week, it’s easy to avoid public-speaking opportunities. Yet our jobs regularly call on us to step up to the podium and share our passion about our work. Take control of these opportunities when they appear before you, and, as Carolyn said, know you are among friends.

With so much happening in our fair city, Carolyn says it’s easy to get involved. “Don’t be afraid to be part of it,” she encouraged. “You gotta get out there.”

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