‘Be You’ Speaking Engagement Pt. 2

[Tweet “Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.”]

W. Clement Stone

Last Saturday, I did something that I thought would never happen — I had my first speaking engagement! I was invited by I Dare to Care, a mentoring program for youth and adults, to speak in a paneled discussion on self-esteem and confidence — BE You! Needless to say, I was extremely nervous — I’m far more comfortable ‘writing’ as opposed to ‘speaking’— but I was beyond honored to participate in such an inspirational and motivational event. 

I wanted to share this experience with you, so I had my mom video the conference…here’s a snippet of the event (with a random closeup of my dad….don’t ask why lol.)



Maya is owner of Pink Caboodle, specializing in Fashion and Body Positivity.

  1. Wow! That is exciting! I bet you were real nervous. Anyways, it’s all good experience. 🙂

  2. Mrs. Pam had me rolling. I love how elegant your speaking is. It’s not very common nowadays. So many public speakers try to energize and excite, but you have such a calming way of conveying a message. All of you did a great job! But seriously, I hope to see you go on to continue this mentoring and speaking about self esteem. Personally, when I was younger I would shy away from people trying to get me excited about something I didn’t believe. Listening to how sincerely you spoke of your personal experience will really help pull the shy folk out of their shell.

    1. Aww thank you! That means a lot to hear! I’m not going to lie, I REALLLY didn’t want to even do the event, because I so scared! But I’m glad I was able to push past the fear, and use my voice to be of help to others 🙂

  3. I love the tweet about overcoming fear. I’m always talking with my kids about that and yet I’m learning it myself.

    That is quite an interesting panel discussion. I love when it’s informal. It helps everyone to relax and participate.

    Great topic too!

  4. Oh wow that is absolutely amazing – I am so scared of anything like speaking in public, I really admire those who can and do. x

  5. Empowering young ladies is no easy task, and for that I really admire. I’m so glad you took on the challenge and nailed it! I hope you get invited to more talks such as this. These young women need all the guidance that they can get.

  6. Congratulations for a job well done. What a nice experience this is and great event for those who attended.

  7. Public speaking is always so nerve wracking. I have done it so many times but still feel anxiety and apprehension creep up every single time. But to do it and do it well is one of the greatest feelings. Good job in facing your fears!

  8. I’m so happy for your experience, I know you are more confident after this experience. Keep up the good work!

  9. This is truly inspiring, i wish my speaking skills were better, after reading your post i feel a bit more encouraged to do so! now i just need to practice!

    1. Sometimes you’ve just got to push yourself! Those close to me know that I had a major panic attack beforehand, but I’m glad I pushed past the fear.

  10. I wish I could get over the public speaking fear, but it’s just so far outside my comfort zone. I’m totally impressed with you though!

  11. Those are definitely things that the youth need to hear more about. I wasn’t able to watch your full presentation, but I am hope they took something positive away from the eperience.

  12. Wow, looks like an awesome experience being a part of this event. Congratulations! I am sure this is a first of the many. Keep inspiring!

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