My friends find it hard to believe that I, Sharon Frame, was a wall flower growing up. Yes I was the shy kid who got so nervous in class my mind would freeze if the teacher called on me to answer a question.
Despite this character weakness it seems I always had dogged determination and “that voice.” Here is an embarrassing secret I’ll share with you. When I was about 13, one of my brother’s friends fell in love with my voice on the phone and wanted to meet me in person. I was so petrified I hid in my mother’s bedroom closet and had to be dragged out to face the boy.
Funny how a shy kid born in a foreign country (Jamaica) would grow up to become a CNN Anchor, award-winning journalist and renown public speaker. But that’s my back story. Everybody’s got one.
Perhaps it was an effort to overcome my shyness that unleashed my true strength and LeadHERship™ skills early in life. I jumped into writing and public speaking as a teenager. By age 16, I was teaching Sunday school and two years later I won the first of several public speaking contests through the Elks Club in my home state of Connecticut.
Just like you perhaps, I had hang-ups, self-doubt and nay-sayers who didn’t believe in my ability. We are in good company! Did you know that a childhood teacher of the great physicist Albert Einstein told his father Einstein would never amount to anything?
But just like Einstein, we were all born with Star Power. That means we came to the planet pre-programmed for success. Read more about your LeadHERship™ Star Power and how to make it work for you in my book, "LeadHERship! Own it! Love it! Learn it! Give it."