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Public Speaking (Glossophobia)

One of the greatest fears they say people face is public speaking, also known as Glossophobia!


Glossophobia, or a fear of public speaking, is a very common phobia and one that is believed to affect up to 75% of the population. Some individuals may feel a slight nervousness at the very thought of public speaking, while others experience full-on panic and fear. - Google Search

Perhaps you are reading this post because you may be interested in having me as a speaker at your event. As none of us has been able to set foot upon a stage in 16 months, here's a recent (July 2021) event I did a short session with. I start speaking at the 4:11 mark if you want to skip ahead. Speaking rates start at £1500 a day, but mention this post and ask me about the £300 special! Interested? Book a 30minute introduction to discuss your event today!


Perhaps you are looking for a coach experienced in public speaking that could help you prepare yourself for that big presentation at work? Does the thought of public speaking cause acid reflux and anxiety to rise within you? Fear not, I can coach you to be able to speak more comfortably in front of audiences. Just so we are clear. I always get wonderful butterflies before I present, which helps me be a better speaker. So here are a couple of tips to think about. Coaching rates start at £150/hr, but discounted packages are available for 5 hours or more.


Nobody attends an event to see the speaker fail, the audience is cheering you on, albeit quietly and professionally.
Take 3 deep breathes! In each cycle breath in through your nose for a count of 4, hold for a count of 2, breath out for a count of 6. After 3 breathing cycles, you should feel calmer. ( I do this one EVERY time I speak before turning on my microphone)
If you are just starting public speaking on a new topic or as a first-timer, write out your script and practise reading it out loud to yourself.


My final thought's on Glossophobia is that it's tough to speak about something you aren't passionate about. I have done it, and it is a struggle. I get more anxious, and I forget the words more. I am not an authentic speaker when I do that, and the audience senses it.


I have been blessed to do almost 300 presentations from Keynotes to an audience of 3000 to a handful of people around a table. Covering 25 countries to date has given me insights on how to interact with a varied global audience.


Speaking about the diverse issues surrounding gender identity for women and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community is what I am passionate about. Having 50 years of male thinking at an executive level that I have had to re-examine and re-think has been transformative. I recognize the inherent iniquity faced when you are not living life with the privilege of gender and identity, and that's why I am passionate about being your award-winning gender identity coach, consultant, and speaker of choice.


Cheers from London, UK

Cynthia




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