fbpx
a

Lorem ipsn gravida nibh vel velit auctor aliquet. Aenean sollicitudin, lorem quis bibendum auci elit consequat ipsutis sem nibh id elit dolor sit amet.

Magdalena Bibik

My biggest out of Comfort Zone moment YTD.

Exactly 3 weeks ago I did something really really cool – and the biggest step out of my comfort zone yet to date – I gave a keynote in Polish. And not just a keynote – a workshop based on the Idea Lab. OMFG!

Polish is my first language, but I left Poland as a child and haven’t been speaking proper Polish in about 15 years. I didn’t know any “grown up words”. Some 2 years ago Mateusz Broniarek found me (I don’t even know how he found me!) and I slowly but surely started to awaken my mother tongue!

So when he asked me if I was interested in doing a keynote “sometime” at Waza, I immediately said YES! Some time in 2020, I thought. He meant… September. This year. Hey, I am first in line to a challenge. So on September 30th I did my very first 90 min keynote in Polish!

HAVE YOU SEEN THE POLISH KEYNOTE SNACK TABLE? This should be standard everywhere!

I was scared! Not for the language barrier (I am not a shy one and I have been doing keynotes in English for the last 5 years or so without knowing ALL the words), but if the insights and takeaways I had with me were innovative enough and worth the audience’s time. I think I “passed”.

The feeling right after – indescribable! For the record, I had the option to do the keynote in English, but turned it down. I thought that not only will I be able to practice my Polish, but also – if I can, by literally throwing myself out of every existing comfort zone, inspire just one person to go to the office tomorrow and make a boldzy move (such as speaking Swedish if you are new here, which some of my audience were) – then that’s great! Win win, right?

Listen! I survived, I thrived, and I still don’t speak perfect Polish. If I dare to challenge myself and can go out of my comfort zone – so can you! Deal? OK!

Another cool thing that happened as a result of this keynote: I accidently promised the Waza community that I’d launch Idea Lab in English five days later. Well… I did. It’s now available for everyone. Find it here: https://www.creativityhouse.academy/idealab

(Mateusz – thank you! I owe you big time for my Polish!)