I sure have.
Which is why I deliberately take that filter off when I’m in a meeting these days, even if it means I say something stupid.
It just adds to my charm.
This fear of getting laughed out of the room isn’t exclusive to business meetings though. The “really don’t wanna look stupid” filter is something that might kick in any time you have the perception that you might be judged unfavourably, whether real or imagined. And as a human being, this pretty much happens every time there’s another person in the room.
Applying this filter automatically takes a cheese grater to your self-confidence every time it happens; shaving off a little piece at a time until you’re left with something that wouldn’t even fill a cracker.
Here’s the thing.
The sooner you let yourself be seen, the sooner success comes in.
So here’s what I want you to do…
- For today, what would you do differently if there was zero risk of being laughed out of the room?
- Do it (even though it’ll be sorely tempting not to).
- Let me know how it feels.