The vast majority of people rank public speaking as their number one fear—75% according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. For some people, this means fear of speaking to large groups, while for others, it means speaking to even a single person if that person has the power to evaluate you: for example, a manager. Many are afraid to speak in public despite solid preparation. Others may worry weeks or months in advance of a speech or presentation and are likely to have physical symptoms of anxiety as a result. Speakers are mostly taught to focus on the content of their speech and how to structure it. This process is unique, as the focus is given to elicit your relaxation response and you undertake an exploration of how to switch off the fear response and keep it switched off in every speech or presentation.
The emotional brain hijacks your thinking processes and lessens the power of your thinking brain, affecting the success of your speech, both prior to and during your presentation.
The ‘Relax, Stay Calm and Speak with Ease’ process, devised by Sam, is a 3-stage strategy to keep you in your peak performance presenting zone for maximum speech success. The process moves you from di(stress) to presenting strength. Access your bespoke Speech Management Toolkit, full of powerful strategies to help you cope with speech anxiety and handle public speaking before, during and after presentations. Get armed with solid techniques based on science that stop stress in minutes or less. Preparation equals better performance, boosts your confidence and makes it easier to concentrate on delivering your message in the workplace and beyond.
Dynamic and relaxed speakers are highly valued by employers and tend to progress further, earning leadership positions and important client contact roles. When you power up your presenting ability, you gain improvements at work and beyond. Develop your passion for public speaking and it will transform your social confidence and career.
Sam built her confidence and speaking skills as a leader and presenter through her experience as a global trainer in 30 countries worldwide, where she delivered Train the Trainer courses and supported employees in growing their speaking skills to enhance their training delivery and persuasion. She also facilitates the Way of Council process, which impacts leaders to create open communication, resulting in authentic connection, value and successful solutions.