CHALLENGE 14 - Speaking LIVE on the radio!


This challenge happened so quickly, I didn’t have time to officially announce it!

It all started in December when I went to meet YorkshireCancerResearch and in their support, they kindly wrote a press release on my fundraising mission.

It was so lovely to meet everyone at the charity and it was great putting faces to the names of the people I’d been emailing for the last six months! Thank you all so much for your support in getting my story out there!

The story was actually picked up and printed in the Yorkshire Post’s Life and Style section and the Yorkshire Evening Post on Wednesday 16 January. I was so pleased to see my story in print.

I didn’t in my wildest dreams think that later that day, a radio station (BBC Radio Leeds) would ever approach me to invite me along to speak on one of their radio shows….but they did!

I’m definitely not going to lie here and say I jumped at the chance of being on live radio as I didn’t! I obviously thanked them but I had to think about it. My friends and colleagues all told me to go for it but I was already hyperventilating at the prospect of talking about myself and completely failing LIVE on the radio. Unfortunately catastrophising is something I do in every situation!

To put this into context, I get so anxious just talking in meetings at work (yes, I know!) If I have to do a presentation at work, I’ll worry sick about it for days on end and endure loads of sleepless nights. As mentioned on the radio, I even cried in a presentation training session at work last year. Yes, a 32 year old woman crying in front of colleagues from across work, I was mortified! So you can see that this sort of thing definitely does not come naturally to me, AT. ALL. I’m just not confident and my lack of self-esteem has definitely held me back in recent years. This is exactly what 35 Before 35 is all about, actually living and doing things so far out of my comfort zone. So this is why I plucked up the courage and said yes to this amazing opportunity!

The next thing I know, I’m sat in the radio studio (with my ever supportive friend next to me!) and talking about my struggle with my mental health and what challenges I’ve got on my to-do list! Stephanie Hirst was also so nice and made me feel at ease straight away. So much so, that at the end of the interview when she told me to keep in touch, I didn’t hesitate in saying ‘absolutely, of course!’

I am so proud of myself for being able to do this (very much spontaneous) challenge. I can’t say that I’m 100% cured of public speaking and that I won’t freak out at the next meeting or presentation because I know I will. I’ll just have to remind myself of what I’ve achieved with this challenge and to have the confidence in knowing that I can speak in public, even if I don’t believe it. What is it they say? Fake it until you make it!

I’ll be keeping BBCRadioLeeds up-to-date with my large scale challenges this year. If you’re interested, my large challenges will be taking place in March, June, definitely August and December this year so watch this space and follow my official announcements on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…just click on those icons top right!