Isn’t everyone a hot mess when it comes to public speaking? Join Jillian as she recounts three memorable, conference-related fails that help her maintain her membership to the Hot Mess Club. 

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Being successful sure involves a lot of failure. Cliches meant to motivate us (“Fail forward!”, Fail fast!”) should be the first clue that growing isn’t glamorous. Jillian shares three personal, public speaking, hot mess situations.

For those in attendance at Jillian’s FinCon session, things looked to be a slam dunk! The presentation was great and people seemed to really benefit from it. She was the consummate professional, but Jillian reveals just a few weeks earlier it was far from polished.

“We were supposed to turn in our slides two weeks before the event, but I didn’t know how to make the slides and I didn’t know how to use a clicker. I didn’t know where clickers come from!”

Jillian was outside of her comfort zone. These were things she didn’t have in her skillset, so she procrastinated. She had to find the courage to face the fact that she was a week behind and she needed to call for reinforcements. 

“Sometimes we don’t show people that it was really messy on the way to this thing.” 

Thankfully this and her other mishaps were mostly unobservable for the average attendee, but it serves as a reminder that you don’t have to be perfect to make progress. Some of your biggest mistakes can become turning points for growth and development in your personal and professional life. From uncomfortable plane rides to popping microphones, Jillian helps you believe that no one truly has it together, and that doesn’t mean you are failing at your goal. In fact, it means you are actively closing the gap between who you are now and where you want to be next. Keep going, even when you have to endure a hot mess moment. We’ve got a club for you.