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!