How to conquer the fear of public speaking

Both Cooper and I have our own fears around public speaking, but because we’ve got messages we passionately want to share in the future, we know this is something we need to conquer.

The fact we wanted to conquer the fear of public speaking meant we had been keeping an eye out for opportunities to learn and practice, and so late last year when a new course near to us in London popped up on our radar, we decided to take the plunge (despite feeling just a tiny bit ill at the thought of this shift outside our comfort zone)!

How to conquer the fear of public speaking

Take 15 minutes to find out more about our experience and newly discovered tips on how to conquer the fear of public speaking and become a more polished presenter.

If you are in London and interested in the Bishopsgate Institute course we’ve mentioned, you can find details here (book now for the next course which is starting very soon!); otherwise, go to bishopsgate.org.uk and search for their acting and/or presenting offerings. (PS we’re only referencing the course because we got a lot out of it and genuinely loved the experience!).

What are you waiting for?!

We’d love to read about your thoughts, questions or tips on how to conquer the fear of public speaking – please share in the comments space below.

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All about assumptions

How to get over fear and out of your own way

Take a look around the office, or even various friendship or family circles, and I’ll bet you discover one or more people making assumptions that are making them miserable! Maybe it’s you doing the assuming?

If you perceive yours or a mate’s back is against the wall, maybe you should have a listen to this podcast today (play below).

Top take-aways

  • Remove judgement – look on situations, people and yourself in a neutral way; take judgement away, and remember, if you feel it creeping in, you can re-set your thought process at any given moment!
  • Stop and breathe.
  • Forgive – yourself and others. Give it a go, a weight will be lifted, I promise.
  • Expect that things will get better.
  • Begin to feel the healing.

Resources

1. The 5 minutes breathing I suggested: start here and now, or download the Calm app to your phone

2. Innerspace is a beautiful UK-based organisation – go here and sign up for the daily Thought for Today – it will keep you centred and help bring you back to peace in a world that often seems to be filled with chaos.

3. Anything from Gabrielle Bernstein – here’s a helpful clip to get you started:

 

By Sarah Blinco │ Feature image by Mr.OutdoorGuy, flickr creative commons

How to find the time to follow your heart

Cooper and I were chatting this morning about how to make time for personal endeavours; that is, how do you find the time to follow your heart? You see, I’m a little more adept at juggling a lot of things because I’ve been forced into being organised through running my own business, and doing absolutely everything as a sole trader. While I am working full time now in a gig I love, I haven’t lost the habit of always ‘doing something’ (although, I think that’s a personality type too – perhaps you relate!). Plus, I’ve got stories to share and messages to promote – hence TLL.

I know plenty of people who want to design a slightly different life for themselves, or pursue other passions entirely aside from their current work situation. But it’s really challenging, with family commitments, work, life and that irritating nemesis, tiredness!

The conversation got me thinking about what advice I’d give to Cooper, or anyone else struggling with an already packed program when it comes to work/life balance. I’ve learned a thing or two on my own, but also through observing others – including super busy mums – who have successfully created a life and/or business they love.

Have a listen…

Key take-aways

How to find the time to follow your heart:

  • Set time aside each morning – just 20 minutes is all you need. If that means you have to get up early (short-term pain for long-term gain), then do it. Start now.
  • I live by my mornings now, and strongly suggest you spend the first 5 to 10 minutes of yours in contemplation about the day to come, and how great it’s going to be.
  • Spend another 10 minutes or so in inspired action towards your ultimate goal. Write/blog/mind-map/watch a motivating YouTube clip. Start the day off on a positive note.
  • Keep a notebook (or equivalence) with you to jot down goals, ideas, dreams, plans, gratitude lists and things you want – do this throughout the day! Not only will this exercise attract better things into your world, it’ll cheer you up in the process.
  • Do one small thing towards your goal/dream/big idea every day. No action is too small.
  • Keep an eye out for opportunities to learn, in the form of webinars and free online activities that will only take up an hour or so of your time each week. Subscribe to your favourite service-providers or coaches’ email alerts.
  • Utilise YouTube – set up your very own motivation playlist, and save clips in there that you can access at any given time, day or night. Clips might include TED Talks, motivational monologues, 10 minute mindfulness meditations, videos by business or spiritual coaches… Whatever gets you going.
  • Reflect before sleep, on the day that’s been. Be proud of your actions and set an intention to keep moving forward tomorrow.

 

By Sarah Blinco │ Feature image, Inspiyr.com, Flickr creative commons