How I found courage in beer

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I’ve always been seduced by speakers. I used to sit in tech conferences, eyes glowing with marvel asking myself:

Will I ever be like them?

Will I ever posses such knowledge and clarity on a particular subject that I will be invited to speak somewhere? Anywhere?

The thing is, I kinda knew I had it in me. By being the classes buffoon, doing impromptu workshops and going to a lot of karaoke nights, I developed an intimacy with the mic. But being a tech speaker seemed so out of my league…

Until BEER worked it’s magic.

Being a little tipsy gave me courage and a Fuck this! I’m gonna do it! mentality. I no longer cared that:

I wasn’t good enough.
I didn’t have extensive knowledge about anything.
I had basically no experience in professional public speaking.

I felt only excitement about the prospect of speaking at the next Codecamp conference. So, when I saw a Facebook ad calling out for speakers, I jumped on their website and submitted my presentation proposal.

Be careful what you wish for because you might just get it!

A couple of days later, an e-mail arrived notifying me that I’ve been accepted. The hard reality of public speaking about Javascript hit me like a truck. I was scared of not being good enough, of not raising up to their standards and being exposed as a fraud. But I had no choice now, I had to do it…

Delivering the talk

I had no courage

Looking back at that night when I signed up, I’m 100% sure I wouldn’t have done it while sober. It sounds weird to say it but the courage to try didn’t come from within me, but from within an ordinary glass of beer.

SO if you find yourself lacking in courage, maybe you can find it somewhere else. In a friend, in a motivational video or even in a pint of beer. Because, as Henry Lawson says:

Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer.

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PS: although beer has it’s benefits, please consume it wisely :) Cheers!

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