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    Going Outside your Comfort Zone

    created by colorwheel05 251 days 20 hours 34 minutes ago

    Category: World

    Going Outside your Comfort Zone

    Good evening CNet,

    At my job, there are lots of trainings and classes you can take for free. Each associate is required to take 24 hours of training per year. Some of the trainings are taught by outside individuals who we hire to come in and train on a certain topic or program. Other trainings are taught internally by associates who are particularly knowledgable on a given topic.

    I found out today that ALL associates are required to teach a training at some point. It's not voluntary, but rather people are selected and told what they will teach. No one is exempt.

    I have a solid case of "stage fright" and I really hate getting up in front of a group for any type of presentation. Knowing that I have to get up in front of my peers and teach them about something so they actually learn it totally freaks me out. I haven't figured out how I'll deal with this yet, and hopefully it doesn't come for a long time.

    What do yo have to do in your daily life that puts you out of your comfort zone, and how do you deal with that?

    Thanks for reading,

    Re: Going Outside your Comfort Zone

    hey colorwheel05!

    I have been put in many situations like this at home. I work with a client that is very much unpredictable, so anything can happen.

    Everyday something new happens...So I believe I get better at handling situations every day. I am very fortunate to be working in this field (behavioral) because you learn so fast!

    My first case ...It felt like I was thrown into a lion's pit....and I was never you learn as you go. You might look silly at first, but you get better sooner or later.

    Goodnight !

    Re: Going Outside your Comfort Zone

    Hi Gabriella,

    When I first graduated college and was starting my career, I had major anxiety regarding public speaking. It was definitely my biggest weakness. If I wanted to advance in my career, it was essential that I had to overcome that fear. The team I was on recognized this anxiety, and I was lucky enough to have a great boss at that time that really worked with me on getting over my fear of public speaking. He put me in a lot of situations that were uncomfortable, I had to present in front of our entire plant at least twice a month, but he also worked with me and gave me really good feedback on every presentation so I knew what to practice for next time. The best way to get over any fear is to face it head on. The more you practice it, the better you get. It sucks at first, but it does get easier! It also was really helpful to me to know my material very well. The better you understand what you're presenting, the easier it is. You won't be caught off guard by questions or worried you explained something incorrectly if you know your training material very well.

    Right now, I'm 38 weeks pregnant with my first child. Parenting is something completely new to me (and so is child birth!) so all of this is new and outside of my current comfort zone. I'm just taking it one day at a time and going to do the best I can!

    Thanks for the post and good luck with your future training!

    Re: Going Outside your Comfort Zone

    I had to go into the trash without gloves because I trashed very important papers that I needed for one of my classes. I felt something sticky in there and after I felt that, I was so disgusted and washed my hands immediately.

    Thanks for the forum,


    Re: Going Outside your Comfort Zone

    It's great to know I'm not alone! I mean I already knew that, but it's nice to hear about other people's experiences!

    Thanks for posting y'all!


    Re: Going Outside your Comfort Zone

    I once had to teach a workshop on literacy. When I showed up it was a bunch of older veteran teachers, some of which I knew, all of which were not there on a voluntary basis and thought what i was teaching was a bunch of hogwash. They were a tough crowd.

    My mouth went dry and I kept at it. I made a few mistakes. It is sort of like a job interview. The main thing is to relax and realize that no one hates you and it is okay to say I don't know, when they ask a question beyond your ability.