How I Overcame the Fear of Public Speaking

For those who don’t experience this quite often extremely distressing condition, it may be hard to understand the impact this can have on people’s lives. It manifests itself in many different ways, from a simple classroom recitation to that best-man’s speech; from amateur dramatics to a work presentation. Even that fear of teeing off first in front of your peers at the local golf-club tournament can strike real terror into those who unable to cope with this condition.

Quality public speaking training requires knowledge of human psychology – more specifically, of how the mind processes, accepts, and rejects information.

Our courses are designed by multidisciplinary specialists and taught by tutors with training in advocacy (e.g. the English Bar), psychology, and cognitive science. Tutors also have extensive experience with public speaking on an international scale. Please Visit the website  to know all the courses .

Public speaking isn’t one of those things you can get better at by reading a book. You need to be doing it. You need to practice and you need a great coach to guide you in that practice. That’s what we provide.

But where we really stand out is in the structure of the learning: 6 workshops spread over a 6 week public speaking course. This is important because the number of repetitions you’ll do and the spread of the learning makes it more likely that the learning sticks.

Most other public speaking courses are 1 day long. Why? Because it suits the trainer! But it doesn’t work: there are no magic bullet solutions. That’s why we do things differently. A good analogy is the gym: if you go to one gym class you leave sweaty but no fitter. But if you go to six gym classes that’s when you see demonstrable results.

Our teaches how to give ‘world-class’ presentations. He’ll show you how your speech’s content and delivery can be transformed from “muddled to mesmerising.”

It may be that you’ve had one experience of feeling uncomfortable or nervous whilst giving a presentation and subsequent presentations have been dominated by the memory of fear, sweaty palms, stammering or simply drying up. This can then of course become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Ten top tips to reduce anxiety

  1. Find out about your audience and pitch your speech at the right level
  2. Prepare several days in advance to avoid last minute panic
  3. Set clear objectives & write content to achieve those objectives
  4. Have a clear structure, easy for you & your listeners to follow
  5. Practise your speech aloud
  6. Know your opening lines fluently
  7. Time it to be sure you don’t over-run
  8. Write clear, easy to view notes, with bullet points
  9. Focus on your listeners, not self-consciously on yourself 
  10. Prepare answers in advance for expected questions as well as the worst question you could be asked

You do not need any specific experience or skills to join this training course.

To get the most from it we do ask people to prepare some notes on how they have prepared for and given speeches in the past. We also ask them to bring along a very short section of a speech that they have given previously to use when practising.