I had a hard time falling asleep the night before my first ask. My brain was in overdrive: What am I going to say? How will he react? There were also a thousand “what if?” scenarios I didn’t feel prepared to deal with.
In hindsight, the stakes weren’t very high. But that didn’t matter. I had just been promoted to my first frontline fundraising role and this was my very first ask. I think it was for $2,500.
Asking people to give their money away can still make me a little anxious—particularly when it’s a lot of money. I expect this will always be the case. And I’ve learned to be okay with that.
Some level of performance-related anxiety is a normal part of any meaningful work. Unchecked however, nerves can get in the way and limit our effectiveness.
Can we ever be anxiety free? Probably not.
As professionals, we should instead focus on increasing self-awareness and learning to manage our emotions. This post will offer some thoughts on how we might do that.
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