I am feeling very down today about this. I teach art workshops and use coaching techiniques to help my students progress. Everyone always comments on how CALM I am ....Oh, well...
I know its my ego that is hurt, but I am afraid to click on the radio show link now, because it throws me back to feeling of embarrassment.
Love you all and will appreciate anything anyone has to say!
I'm glad you wrote cause this way many people can see we share the same concerns and fears. I totally relate to what you said, cause I've been listening to Hay House Radio for a few months now, and I would really love to call, but honestly I cannot imagine myself doing it. I would LOVE to speak to Michael, to Deborah King, to Sonia Choquette... It would be amazing, plus these are people I couldn't afford to interact with in real life. But making phone calls is one of my long-time fears. I have been making great progress lately, but I still don't feel like I could take on the challenge of calling in on an English-speaking Radio show (and it's not because of my English).
I'll tell you about a situation I felt very embarrassed about - when I was 15, I used to listen to a radio show hosted by a psychiatrist who spoke mainly about relationships and sexuality. I had zero knowledge about the topic, but I used to interact a lot in the chat room, and the doctor really noticed me and said he liked the way I think, and invited me to participate as a guest on the show! OMG, I couldn't believe it, but I thought it was such an amazing opportunity I couldn't refuse it. It took me about 1 hour to make up the courage to call him on his personal cell phone to arrange my coming in to the Radio headquarters, and when I went there, I was like in a trance cause of the anxiety and the excitement. I did OK on the show, but I thought I had nothing to contribute and that I was pretty boring. When I listened to the replay, I thought my voice sounded terribly and that everyone must have thought I was a looser. However, I got over it. After that, I called in to the show once, about a month later, and that was the last time I interacted with a radio station
However, now that I think about it, it's pretty amazing, I still don't know how that whole story could have happened.
Anyway, my experience is that no matter how frightened I am when making a call, when I actually get to speak to the other person, I do pretty well. The thing I am most afraid of is that I will forget what I wanted to say or that I won't be able to articulate it. Sometimes I practice the call in my mind and even in my own imagination, I can't seem to articulate the question, which makes me wonder how I could possibly do in reality, but often it works much better than I expect.