There's no such thing as "People"
In my group coaching programme, Confidence Accelerator, we've been focusing on being confident on camera. Whether it's headshots or Zoom meetings; behind-the-scenes selfies or live videos... it's impossible to run a business in 2022 without facing a camera on a daily basis.
The problem is that when we can't deal confidently with a lens in our face our business suffers.... and the camera can hold a lot of fear for us. And the cause of that apprehension? "People".
"People might say I don't know what I'm talking about."
"People will think I look a mess."
"People may leave horrible comments."
I asked the group: "Who are these people? Who is this faceless mass of judgement and hate that you're imagining is lying in wait?" They weren't quite sure.
I asked them to think of actual real people - people like us - and to imagine the response they'd get from them. And the answers were very different.
"They'd enjoy getting to know me more."
"They'd feel like they can relate to me."
"They'd see that I'm knowledgeable about what I do."
Are you falling into the same trap? Do you need to remind yourself there isn't an evil entity called "People" waiting to pounce as soon as you show your face? Because People doesn't exist. Individual people do. And they'll be happy to see you.