“What, speak in front of more than a few of my peers? No, thank you!” I replied.
He laughed and asked me to think about it. The thought sent shivers down my spine. I was sure I would faint or at the very least make a complete fool of myself, so the subject was closed. Or so I thought.
That night, I asked my family their thoughts on the subject. To my surprise, they responded almost in unison that I would be great at speaking, and I should re-consider and “give it a try.”
With the help of the doctor, who had now become my new mentor, I developed a two-hour workshop on frame adjustment and repair.
The morning of my first conference, I arrived at the assigned room about 45 minutes early and began to set up for my class. I arranged the tools for the attendees to use, it all looked great, and I felt ready.
As time passed, I began to wonder why no one came into the room. Maybe no one signed up for my class. That’s when I got a text—the room had been changed, and I was in the wrong room!
The first person I called was my mentor. He ran to help me move. It reminded me of the optical cavalry—we ran into the correct room with about two minutes to spare! In the end, I had an incredible class and received positive evaluations. It was an amazing experience.
During the same conference, I became acquainted with my second mentor. Attending his jam-packed class, I found his speaking to be incredibly informative and engaging. I immediately respected his thoughts, and I knew his support would be invaluable.
Following the class, I approached him. I told him my brief speaking history and asked advice on building my new career. He responded with many views and ideas that have helped him become a well-loved speaker. He encouraged me to remain in contact with him because he had additional thoughts. I have continued our communication, and he has given me invaluable advice with numerous recommendations and referrals.
To say these two individuals have became mentors to me feels like an understatement. They have become my friends, counselors, coaches and mentors!
Their guidance and advice have helped to build my confidence. They have encouraged a continued growth for my pursuit in whatever I choose to do or wherever I may go with my optical career, which has become truly limitless.