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Old 05-07-2012, 11:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I spoke at meeting!!


I did it!

Overcame my shyness and fear of public speaking and spoke in front of everyone last night.

It was truly a life changing experience. I was calm and measured, spoke honestly and from the heart about my struggles with the bottle and what had brought me there.

The love and support I got in return was overwhelming. I'm just so pleased with myself. I was beginning to drift I think and am right back on track.

It has kept me sober that's for sure!
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good for you Jeni
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Warms my heart to hear it, wonderful!
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Gives me & others courage to do the same!!!
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Cool! Well done girl
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Very cool!!!
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I was terrified to speak for my first few meetings. Not so much from shyness, but fear of revealing such personal info about myself. Once I listened to other people for a while, I just kind of naturally opened up.

Nice work! Keep it up!
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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That is really good news...someone there needed to hear what you shared
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Fantastic.
Glad things are progressing .
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Congrats, Jeni! That is great progress, indeed! Thanks for sharing your growth.
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That's great Jeni!...It makes you feel like you are a part of....Good for you!
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Well done Jeni, so glad to hear that. I've been wanting to speak for a whole now, I need to get the courage up and just do it. You've inspired me - thank you xx
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Well done Jeni,
Now Epskie, no pressure, but, you're up next. "Just do it!".
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Good for you, Jeni. Keep on going and you'll be chairing, one day!
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Good for you, Jeni! I know it will help your recovery.
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Very awesome! Doesn't it feel good to overcome a fear?
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Thank you all so much, yes it feels great.
I always think I'm going to be ridiculed or humiliated if I dare to open my mouth, so I usually spend a long time rehearsing what I'm going to say and then think through imagined scenarios of what people's responses will be. This leads to me chickening out because what i imagine usually ends terribly badly.
What was lovely about last night was I hadn't planned it at all. The guest speaker just raised so many issues that I could identify with that I found myself responding before I knew what was happening.

What got me was their reaction, they were all just so lovely and came up to chat to me after the meeting.

I've had a challenging day at work but that doesn't matter to me at the moment. I just feel so pleased to have found this site. Without you all I would never have embarked on this journey. A bumpy ride, but I'm hanging on tight. Thank you all xxxx
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What was lovely about last night was I hadn't planned it at all. The guest speaker just raised so many issues that I could identify with that I found myself responding before I knew what was happening.
That's the best way to do it...You're doing great Jeni...Keep at it!
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Great job, Jeni. Remember, when you share your story you help the others in your group!
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