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I had never spoken to a crowd that large before. I had no idea what to do. I was terrified.
But I did it.
In hindsight, that first talk was not a great one. But it got me started. Since then I have spoken at dozens of conferences and given full day seminars to numerous companies.
Speaking has made me quite a bit of money, and has led to many copywriting jobs I would otherwise have never received. It has also helped establish me as an expert in my chosen field.
And I came so, so close to saying no.
How close? Probably not as close as I think. Looking back, I have always said yes to scariest challenges.
It's how you grow. It's how you find new opportunities. It's how you make your name as a copywriter worth doing business with.
Nick Usborne is a freelance copywriter, author and speaker. For more on making money as a freelance copywriter, visit his site, http://www.FreelanceWritingSuccess.com. For more on developing your skills, read his review of this copywriting course byMichael Masterson.