Does the thought of public speaking give you the heebie jeebies?
If so, you are not alone. Public speaking tops the list of most common phobias in the world, with 75% of people suffering from “speech anxiety.”
Of course there are those few special creatures that truly enjoy it.
“Picture the audience in their underwear.”
“You just have to do it more often.”
I know, I know. I’ve heard them all before.
When I say I get anxious, I mean I really get neurotic about it.
The thought of speaking to a group of folks – no matter how friendly – sends me into full on panic mode.
I write my entire presentation down. Then I condense it, record it, practice, practice, and practice some more.
I completely obsess over the material until I am dreaming about it and my husband asks me to stop talking about it at home.
That’s when I know I’m ready.
The funny thing is, it always goes just fine! Just like the special needs presentation I gave a couple weeks ago to the Family Care Council—Area 1.
Maybe it goes well because I am so freakin’ obsessive about preparation, I can’t say.
I always say, “that wasn’t so bad” after it’s all over.
And then I’ll do it all again next time.
Similarly, many of our clients have the same sentiments at the end of their estate planning.
“That wasn’t so bad” or “that was a lot less painful than expected” are common expressions we hear as the last document is signed.
Some clients put off estate planning because they believe it too emotionally taxing to contemplate their demise.
Some clients - like one last week - allege that their superstitious spirit makes them believe that if they talk about death, the probability of it happening will increase. (We have no indication that there is any truth to this, btw!)
The practical implications between planning your estate and letting a court decide what happens to your assets after you are gone are the additional time delays, exorbitant legal expenses, and extreme frustration that your family will experience if you fail to plan in advance.
While we cannot promise that your estate planning consultation will be the highlight of your year (hey, it might be!), we can promise that you will walk away with knowledge, peace of mind, and a comprehensive estate plan tailored to your individual needs.
We can assure you this -- at My Pink Lawyer®, we will make the estate planning process as painless as possible.
~ Amanda “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” Lynch Elliott
P.S. Ready to see for yourself how easy the estate planning process is with us? Schedule your Family Succession Strategy Session with either Kristen or myself online here.