Loving my Job!

So, for those who read my blogs, you will know by now that I feel pretty passionate about what I do! I am absolutely committed to helping people to Find their Voices ie. overcoming the fear of public speaking in all its various forms – whether to a small group, a large conference or improving everyday interpersonal skills.  Confidence is simply having an assurance that we can do something well.

As I have explained to many of my clients, I may be confident and experienced at speaking publicly because I have had a lot of practise at it over the years, however, put me in a laser (as some friends of ours did a few months ago) and I capsize the thing! Quite simply, all I needed was some training, some practise and encouragement. By the end of my first lesson with my very patient and kind teacher (thanks Niel) I was jibing brilliantly and sailed into shore relatively confidently. Now I am not intending to sail single-handedly around the world … yet … I need to build up my skill level, practise and so increase in confidence.

However, there is a great difference between sailing and speaking, and that is that whilst sailing is a great hobby to have, it is a choice and my decision as to whether I want to pursue it. Public speaking though, for all of us, is a very necessary part of life in our workplaces, schools and universities.  Be smart and get some help – you will even begin to enjoy it … or your money back!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Confident Communicating!

I love the start of a new year. It speaks of freshness, newness; new hopes, new dreams, new opportunities … a natural break to celebrate the good things of the previous year and let go of the things that didn’t go so well. A time to get up and keep doing what is working and a time to adjust what needs changing. A time to stir fresh vision.

One thing that is a definite for all of us and that is that we must keep developing and learning. If we think we know it all then we will, at best, stagnate and at worst shrink back. What might our Personal Development goals be for this year ? …

I recently read a letter from the admissions department for Oxford and Cambridge University in which were addressed the concerns of a headteacher asking as to why her academically capable student had not been accepted into either university. The reply was that although the student had a great Personal Statement and had clearly spent his/her time pursuing many worthwhile things there was a big gap in their education … this was firstly an inability to engage in verbal conversation with tutors with confidence and intelligence and secondly, a lack of ability to read English accurately and fluently.

Continuing to develop excellent communication skills and an ability to connect and engage with others must be high on our list of goals for 2015!