Work It :: Practice Isn’t Overrated

Quote: Practice Makes Perfect

I spoke at a conference January 2014 as a tandem keynote speaker. I shared the stage and dual presented with someone really brilliant. And then, I bombed it. Like BOMBED. I was so nervous that it didn’t matter what great insights I had to share. My delivery of the content was all that the audience could focus on (and no, this wasn’t just in my mind because the post-conference survey respondents spoke loud and clear about it).

After that I was so disappointed in myself. Why? Because I KNEW I could have done better. After a while, I realized then what I had to do—I had to DO better. My point is, the only way we get better at something is to actually practice the doing part.

This thought process seems pretty obvious if we were talking about learning to ice  skate or even icing a cake. So then why is it so hard to comprehend when we talk about it in a professional way? If we want to be better at something, we have to start somewhere, put ourselves out there, and then work to get better at it. That’s the only way it will happen.

This past weekend I spoke on a panel in front of 200. It was no keynote-type pressure but I felt good about it. I dusted myself off and focused on sharing my knowledge. It’s the doing that helps us get better.

What’s one thing you’d like to become better at? Share below… put it out there and then make it happen! We’re in it together.

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18 Comments on Work It :: Practice Isn’t Overrated

  1. Tonya Coleman
    January 22 at 11:06 am (3 years ago)

    LOVE THIS! It was so great seeing you again at BASH! Since it was my first time teaching a class in public, I too was super nervous, but I pulled my big girl pants up and JUST DID IT! And you know what? It was AMAZING! Sharing what you’re passionate about makes it much easier. I want to get out there and do more in-person speaking or teaching classes via You Tube. I’m going to go for it!

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    • Tori
      January 22 at 11:07 am (3 years ago)

      DO IT Tonya! You have so much passion and knowledge to share you will be fabulous. xoxo

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  2. Tali
    January 22 at 11:12 am (3 years ago)

    I thought you were awesome and you were so honest and genuine and offered practical advice. It was really cool to meet you at BASH. And clearly practice does make perfect because you were fab!

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    • Tori
      January 22 at 11:14 am (3 years ago)

      You are so kind Tali, thank you. I enjoyed meeting with you as well. You were such a friendly face to meet right away!

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  3. Chris @ Celebrations At Home
    January 22 at 11:26 am (3 years ago)

    I so agree with this “doing” statement. I think I’ve gotten better at styling, and photography by researching, self-teaching, and DOING. The bane of my existence is public speaking, although this weekend’s experience made me think, maybe I could do more of this if I prepare and practice! Definitely would choose to do it with a partner or panel though ;-)

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    • Tori
      January 22 at 1:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes! I think one of our biggest hurdles as “Type A” perfectionists is being too afraid to put our work/ourselves out there until it’s perfect. BUT unless we actually start doing and putting ourselves out there we’ll never get better. Proud of you Chris…you have really been pushing it creatively and it’s totally awesome to watch!

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    • Tori
      January 22 at 2:28 pm (3 years ago)

      @Keisha, let me just tell you … you have such great energy to be around. Thank you for your kind words and for being so awesome yourself. :)

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  4. Jeannette Rivas
    January 22 at 11:33 am (3 years ago)

    Tori, you were cool as a cucumber. You did a fantastic job! I definitely could never speak in front of a crowd like that. I would really like to get better at networking. At Bash I heard so much about how helpful collaborations are. I’m the worst at mixing and mingling to get that going. #Introvertproblems

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    • Tori
      January 22 at 2:41 pm (3 years ago)

      @Jeannette – I’m an introvert too. The great thing about online networks is that you can feel more at ease when first building those relationships. Then, the next time you are in person at a conference you will have already formed some strong bonds which is such a bonus. Putting yourself out there is hard, but like I mentioned on the panel…. my favorite way to build a network is to give to others first. It really sets the stage for them to see you are coming into it from a real genuine place.

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  5. Courtney
    January 22 at 11:36 am (3 years ago)

    Keep up the good work!!! Love this!! So proud!

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    • Tori
      January 22 at 2:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Love you :)

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  6. Kara Woolery
    January 22 at 1:23 pm (3 years ago)

    I loved your advice and you were so down to earth! It was awesome! I am working on PITCHING! I’ve landed a few brands and lived it. But they fell into my lap. I have done amazing ideas for certain brands, but getting the courage to pitch is difficult. The hardest part is finding a contact to pitch to!! Also working on a great product idea and it’s a huge leap of faith and investment to go after it!

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    • Kara Woolery
      January 22 at 1:25 pm (3 years ago)

      *loved *some gee wiz typing on phone while at stop light

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      • Tori
        January 22 at 2:30 pm (3 years ago)

        @Kara, look at it this way — you already have the “proof” of what cool things you can do with brands. That’s the hardest part! You got this pitching thing….it’s all you girl!

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  7. Christina
    January 22 at 4:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Tori, from the bits I saw and heard (while running around behind the scenes) was great! I wanted to have more of an opportunity to chat, but life as a busy worker BASH Team Bee is well…busy hehe! Anyhow, you definitely did NOT “look” nervous or “sound” nervous. I thought you carried yourself confidently and spoke articulately. Thanks for having the courage to just do it anyways! I think that’s the biggest lesson we can all grab a hold of and I really feel many walked away with from BASH15. You rock gal!!!

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  8. Montrilla
    January 22 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Tori I’m just enjoying reading these blog post and the realness to them. At the end of the day we are all human right. You did a fantastic job. I’m extremely shy by nature and would absolutely love to put myself out there more, just like Jeanette and market, market myself and do more of what I absolutely love. Find a way to balance My personality because I realize it’s not going anywhere :)

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    • Tori
      January 26 at 11:58 am (3 years ago)

      Montrilla, thanks for the comment. You should definitely keep doing what you love and putting yourself out there. Girl, you are so talented!

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