Most effective methods of gaining courage…..don’t think about it. I have found that the more I think about something I am afraid of doing, the more I procrastinate…so I try to be a woman of action. Granted I do have to prepare for action, but I find if I break projects into small bits (especially for written tasks), work a short time and then put the project away for another day rather than spending hours ruminating, I get more accomplished.
Another method, for speaking engagements or meetings when I am briefing leadership, is to remind myself that I am the subject matter expert (SME). As the SME I take on the role as teacher, something I enjoy, and my fear dissipates.