Imagine if you were asked to present in front of potentially 300 people.
Not next week or next month, but tomorrow!
Very little time to plan your words and prepare.
Would you do it?
Well, Beth Parkes, our Educational Director, did!
We are so proud of Beth, who was asked at the last minute to fill in for a speaker at the Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver, who had to cancel. Beth had every opportunity to say no, but she didn’t. She stepped out of her comfort zone (one of which includes planning and being prepared) and said “yes”!
Speaking at the Pacific Dental Conference is a big deal for a presenter. I know for me it was on my ‘bucket list’ and I am thrilled to have presented four times there last week. It is one of the biggest conferences in Canada, is highly regarded by our profession and typically you have to have been ‘scouted’ to be asked to present there.
So, Beth saying yes was amazing! It was stressful no doubt, the night before as well as the morning of. Having Mellissa with us was so helpful as well as Mellissa was able to help with all the last-minute technical issues, organizing, handouts etc.
It reminds me of how many times we can potentially lose great opportunities by not stepping out of our comfort zone.
Do you step out of your comfort zone? In our comfort zone, there is a sense of familiarity, security and certainty. When we step outside of our comfort zone, we're taking a risk, and opening ourselves up to the possibility of stress and anxiety; we're not quite sure what will happen and how we'll react.
But more times than not, once you take on something that isn’t quite your norm, and you aren’t sure of the outcome, it offers you the opportunity for growth and for change!
Keep an open mind when an opportunity comes your way….you never know where it might take you and what doors you may open…
Thank you for reading and for your support. Please find more information below on what is coming up at rdhu and on-the-road. We have lots of exciting things coming up!
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!