Facing my fear of public speaking

A lot of the time, the biggest barrier to reaching your goals is yourself.

Fear and insecurities are what could be holding you back from reaching your potential.

Facing your fears is not easy, but then, the best things in life rarely come easy.

When I was given the chance to attend a public speaking course run by The Public Speaking Academy, in exchange for this blog post, I jumped at the chance.

Not only would I be able to face this gut-wrenching fear that I’ve had for as long as I can remember, but I could also share this experience with you all, with the hope that I could inspire someone. If I can inspire one of you to face a fear that has been holding you back, then this blog post will be a success.

Public speaking has always been something that I’ve struggled with. If there is a way to get out of doing a presentation, then I could probably find it.

However, there comes a time when you need to stop running away, turn around and just face your fears.

 

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The course

The course is made of two parts:

  1. Stage 1: Tackle Fear + Public Speaking Introduction, 9:30am – 12.00pm

    In stage one, you learn a number of things including:
    – How to find the courage to speak with confidence
    – How to manage your nerves
    – How to engage with your audience and encourage your desired action
    – How to think on your feet

  2. Stage 2: Intensive Public Speaking & Confidence, 12:45pm – 6pm

    Stage two occurs in the second half of the day with a smaller group of people. In this stage, you will be able to put everything you have learnt into practice.

    Practice makes perfect after all!

 

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My experience

I was lucky enough to be able to attend this course with Char (a fellow blogger – check out her blog). Having her there with me, definitely helped me to feel a lot more comfortable.

I was also blessed to partake in the course alongside some great people. Throughout the session, we were encouraging one another and it was amazing to see the huge improvement in each of us by the end of the day.

The course itself was exactly what I needed. There was a good balance between been given useful information and putting what we learnt into practice.

There’s a lot more to public speaking than standing on a stage and speaking. That day I learnt how important it is to work on your posture, avoid fidgeting, make eye contact with the audience, make use of pauses, etc. All of the things that I struggle with. But this course gave me the chance to work on each aspect and receive valuable feedback and advice.

I have to give a huge shoutout to Lee from The Public Speaking Academy for pushing me out of comfort zone. Throughout the day, he volunteered me to do various speaking exercises in front of the group. I was too nervous to volunteer myself, even though I knew that these exercisesย would be extremely beneficial. So thank you to Lee for making me face my fears and giving me great guidance.

It was on that day that I realised that you just have to embrace those feelings of discomfort because sometimes it is the situations that evoke those feelings, that enable you to grow the most.

By the end of the day, I wanted to do more. I wanted to have more opportunities to public speak. Because, I knew that although my first few attempts may not be “perfect”, the more that I put myself out there and speak, the more improvements I would see in my performance and confidence.

 

Since taking this course

I haven’t had many opportunities to put what I have learnt into practice yet. However, I was recently at a travel industry event where they asked volunteers to stand and talk about their brand for a minute.

Me being my shy, public speaking hating self, I stayed firmly within my seat. However another part of me, the part that is constantly telling you guys to “Feel the fear and do it anyway”, forced my hand up into the air a few seconds before it was too late. I was the last person to speak.

No, it was not perfect. I stumbled over my words at times, my heart was racing and my whole body shaking.

However, the feeling of achievement that I felt, was out of this world. I had found the courage to push myself of my comfort zone.

I did it and that’s what matters. If I continue to put myself out there and apply what I have learnt from this course, I know I will get to where I need to be.

Progress does not happen overnight. You have to keep on working on it.

 

If you have a fear of public speaking, what are you doing to overcome it?

To find out more about The Public Speaking Academy, visit their website.

 

Well, until next time guys!

DebbieโœŒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’›

Please note that I was able to attend this course in exchange for a blog post sharing my experience. My views, as always,ย  are my own.

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10 thoughts on “Facing my fear of public speaking

  1. I would say that I’ve conquered that fear already, when I started handling seminar topics I mean I was so scared of the people, M happy you conquered๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    1. Good on you for facing your fears hun! I wouldn’t say I’ve conquered my fear just yet, but I am in the process of conquering it! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

      Thanks for reading Lillian ๐Ÿ’›

  2. I too have a fear of public speaking, and have a conference to do as part of my degree and if I’m honest I’m absolutely dreading it. I love that you’re working towards becoming more comfortable with it, and you have definitely encouraged me to start looking into techniques that may help me.
    Thank you for this post!

    Lucia xx
    [www.twoofthemoneofme.com]

    1. Thank you so much Lucia! I wish you all the best in your talk, I’m sure you will smash it!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’›

  3. Yesss! Well-done Debbie ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ I’m happy that you’re taking steps towards overcoming your fears however big or small the steps taken
    Keep at it ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. Great post. I like how you broke down the process and showed your progress. Facing fears requires a plan and begins with baby steps. I just wrote and October post on the topic after asking readers: What would you do if you werenโ€™tโ€™ afraid. I got some interesting answers but was surprised no one mentioned..give a Ted Talk. Canโ€™t say I conquered fear of public speaking but I have made progress.

    1. Thank you so much Evelyn! Exactly progress is progress. Not everything will be as instant or as fast as we would like it to be, but as long as continue to take steps in the right direction, we will get to where we need to be! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’›

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