Take the Leap
December 20, 2015
A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I wanted to be on a talk radio show. My initial response was a resounding YES. I felt pretty good about it until the email came in with instructions. They wanted a bio, some questions that I would want to answer in order to lead a discussion, a link to my website, and a phonetic spelling of my name if it was unusual. DellaVecchia, yup, I guess my name qualifies as a bit hard to navigate.
Hmmm, what did I get my self into? What was I feeling about my decision and what was I afraid of? Maybe I wouldn’t be good enough, I was worried that I wouldn’t have the answers to questions. What if I failed? I actually put off sending my email response for a couple of days until I realized that I already had a bio… It’s on my website, my Noomii page (coaching referral service), on Yelp… it’s actually all over the internet in some form or another.
So what was my hold up? There wasn’t one. I love talking to people, and I love talking about coaching. This talk show just happened to combine both, plus I get to potentially direct the conversation. OK, feeling better and better. My fear raised my awareness, which is fine, but I didn’t let it stop my progress.
I can do this.
I sent in my bio and a list of 4 questions ranging from how I got into coaching to how my niche found me. I then put it out of my mind until the day of the show. Why worry about something that hasn’t happened yet and of which I really had no control. After all, it’s just a conversation between two people.
I was instructed to dial in about 5 minutes prior to our scheduled time, which was at 12:30, so I was working on some client business when an URGENT email popped up from the Admin of Money For Lunch. Could I dial in early for my segment? Instead of 12:30 they wanted me at 10:00.
At 9:55 I dialed in and listened to the wrap up of the previous show. 10:00 on the dot, I hear Bert announce the show and introduce….. not me. Oops, what the heck is happening? I check email again and low and behold, another message from the Admin. Sorry, wrong time it’s really 11:30.
OK. I email back and ask if she is sure. Yes, she promises it’s the right time now.
At 11:25 I dial in again and hear Bert ending his previous show. A couple minutes later he introduced me. Yay! And monumentally mispronounced my last name! So much for phonetics. We had a great conversation and I have to admit that I totally enjoyed myself. The questions I sent didn’t matter a whit. We just talked and it went wherever it went. We spoke about career coaching, my background in IT and International management. And most importantly, we discussed why my coaching is different.
I explained that I coached to my client’s strengths, their likes, and their passion. From that base I help them realize the career path that will make them happy. I also help them with their resume and social media. As a career coach you can’t just have straight up career conversations and then walk away when someone needs assistance with matching a resume to a job description.
And by the way, I would do another interview again in a heartbeat.
As a coach I’ve learned to take the leap, don’t let fear of something stop you from moving forward. Fear is a very normal reaction, it’s what we do after we recognize it that matters. If you want some help facing your fears send me an email Terry2thrive@gmail.com or give me a call 410.804.1954.
If you want to listen to my session here’s the link…
It’s Money For Lunch and the show was held on 12/11/15, you may have to scroll down to find the episode with my name on it.