The saying “half the battle is showing” rings true. The other day I saw a quote that said: “The sure way to miss success is to miss the opportunity.” by Victor Chasles
Working in the PR field, I’ve seen many people miss opportunities to get their message out to larger audiences. I’m not a fan of the phrase “all publicity is good publicity” because all it takes is one crisis situation and I’m certain you, too, may feel differently! But in some cases, not showing up…is worse.
Perhaps your message isn’t perfect, or fine tuned, and yes, people are overly critical (to a fault), but you should show up for your business when opportunities come your way – whether it’s a media appointment, phone interview, etc. Don’t be crippled by “one chance to make a first impression.” When you show up authentically, prepared and do your best – the results may be surprisingly beneficial!
Take a chance, do the work!