If so, you're not alone. Recently, I overheard a group of women discussing this fear, and they all agreed that they avoid public speaking at all costs.
Despite this common fear, we frequently find ourselves in situations demanding us to speak up. These situations include:
in meetings, giving presentations or updates
in interviews or other situations where we need to introduce ourselves and talk about who we are
at events such as leaving functions, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays or funerals
Why do we fear public speaking?
So why do we fear public speaking so much? Well, the reasons are varied:
we want to avoid feeling embarrassed, judged or laughed at by our peers
we think we might run out of things to say
we think we might be caught out by not knowing enough about the topic
we hate the idea of being the focus of attention, with everyone staring at us
we think we'll fail big-time and never be able to show our face again
We're also governed by the stories we tell ourselves and can be our own worst critics. And the more we resist speaking in public, the deeper entrenched this fear becomes.
So how do you overcome this fear?
Fortunately, it's possible to overcome this fear and become a confident speaker.
One of the most effective ways to do this is by working with a coach. As a coach I can offer you:
one-on-one coaching, either in person or online (or a combination of the two)
a set of tools and techniques which you can use at any time
opportunities to practice speaking in a safe environment
guidance and encouragement to try new practices and gain more confidence
coaching at a pace suited to your needs and level of confidence and experience.
Don't worry if you've never spoken in public before - we can work together to help you overcome any feelings of fear, discomfort or awkwardness you may be experiencing.
So, if you want to overcome the fear that's holding you back from speaking up, and would love to develop confidence around public speaking, contact me for a free consultation. This call is an opportunity to discuss what you would like to achieve and how we can work together.
I really looked forward to the sessions with Robin - she is warm, approachable and non-judgemental, so I found it was easy to try out partly formed ideas without feeling awkward.
Robin brought wonderful, supportive energy through her words and way of being that helped me feel comfortable to open up. She really tapped into and shared a passion for women sharing their learnings and wisdom that inspired me.
I appreciated the listening skills and acknowledgement demonstrated by Robin. She paid attention to the subject matter I was describing, and she gently guided me through the process, without feeling hurried. Robin supported me to understand the ways that physical and mental preparation and techniques can prepare me for speaking fully and authentically.
Discover your Voice
Introduction to Public Speaking
Overcome your fear of public speaking by working through various practices you can use and develop to help you gain confidence in many different speaking situations.
This work will take you places in your business, in your personal mission and in your contribution to the world. We'll work on developing the diamonds in your wisdom and your story, while creating a clear, captivating structure.