- panic free public speaking
- beating the nerves in a business presentation
- unforgettable wedding speeches
- preparing interest and spontaneity
- conversation effectiveness
- successful interviews
- radiating confidence and control
Don't be in a hurry to leave this site for it is not more of the same. Be assured the answer to your fears is within these pages so make the time to read them carefully.
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have the 'gift of the gab' and feel comfortable speaking to people in any situation - whether they're speaking with one person or presenting in front of a 1000?
Well for decades I used to wonder about this too, for I've also suffered the fear, panic, sweaty palms, knocking knees and debilitating effects of a humiliating public speaking disaster. But no more. As one who now confidently public speaks for a living I can show you just how easy it can be, by way of my hard-earned secrets.
What makes my learning programs so refreshingly different is there are no set, formal public speaking ‘rules’ and body language techniques to sweat over and ‘perfect’… which neatly sidesteps one of the greatest fears of all, ‘getting something wrong’! Released from these inhibiting shackles, you’re now free to stand tall, look your listeners in the eye, and confidently speak as the imperfect human being you are so they can relate to you and what you are saying.
And we're talking about all types of public speaking situations here, such as giving a business presentation, speaking at a conference, wedding or funeral, addressing members of a club, union, church, parent's association or similar body, making a presentation to a retiring workmate or simply injecting life into a boring sales spiel.
Sometimes the fear is so great that understandable scepticism throws up all sorts of obstacles of why this is just more of the same and won’t work. Jesse felt this way and sent me the following email:
Thanks for getting back to me so promptly Laurie,
Before I commit to anything I need you to be aware of the circumstances which have brought me to this point as I’m naturally sceptical that 4 hours can overcome my situation. I not only suffer from presentation anxiety but also anxiety in confrontations and meetings. A real, palpable fear that sees my heart racing, my skin go red as a beetroot and my voice crack. I’ve been to see psychologists and hypnotists and yet 12 months into my experience of anxiety it’s still there, albeit less intense than when I was initially diagnosed with it. I’ve learnt to cope with it, as opposed to beating it. So ingrained is my presentation/confrontation anxiety, I really can’t comprehend that you can change my thinking sufficiently to have long-lasting effect in just 4 hours.
If it works I’d be more than happy to pay you your fee as this fear is destroying my confidence and even my social life. BUT I’ve spent an awful lot of money on therapy of all different kinds and I don’t want to throw more money at the next miracle cure. I see so many advertised and it’s hard to know if they really can help.
I look forward to hearing from you
My reply reiterated my money-back guarantee and that the onus was entirely on me to deliver the speaking confidence the others had missed. With nothing to lose and everything to gain Jesse had one last desperate throw at the dice and gave me a go. Two weeks later I received payment for promised outcomes delivered and a profound “Thank You” for setting him free from the crippling fear that had dogged him for so long. And again, I can do the same for you.
Training and coaching sessions for overcoming public speaking panic, fear, and nervousness
One stop tried-and-proven resource to banish the self-doubt and fear forever.
Inspirational 4 hour one-to-one coaching session delivered by me personally where your fear of speaking before groups will be supplanted with public speaking confidence in a permanent way - guaranteed! This exciting learning experience is gentle and without scare tactics. My role is straightforward and simple: To safely lead you to being the confident speaker you never thought you could be.
Simple Three-Step Process
Getting You right first
In order to communicate with confidence you've got to first believe that you can. Therefore, we identify the faulty thinking and negative conditionings that have been holding you back and supplant them with entirely new patterns of speaking success to inspire your ongoing personal growth. With your new belief system and right to speak now firmly in place, you're ready for step two.
The Magic of Being You
When it comes to 'Being Yourself' while speaking before groups it's easy enough to say - but not so easy to do! Here we don't simply rehash a lot of empty words and outdated ideas. In an interactive, non-threatening way, we show you precisely where to find the real you and be in control of your own person. Utilising your 'newly discovered' speaking talents you'll now enjoy a freedom of expression few people get to experience. And because you now recognise your strengths and know how to make the most of who you are, each person in your audience will feel you're talking to them personally. You are now ready for step three where you'll learn the simple secrets of creating and delivering a successful talk.
Discovering the skills and know-how to do the job
With the barriers of why 'you can't' gone forever, your mind is now free to understand the simplicity of my hard-earned public speaking secrets - the practical things I personally do to ensure a successful, engaging presentation. Here you'll discover just how easy it is to make speaking confidently before groups, whatever the situation, an enjoyable and permanent part of your world. By way of mind-opening ideas and practical insights you can relate to, you'll not only gain, but consolidate your new found confidence, knowledge, know-how and self-belief to create and deliver your own effective presentations from this point onwards. Guaranteed!
The Proof is in The Speaking
Some time back I ran one of my exciting sessions for two senior management staff at one of Melbourne’s leading golf clubs. My brief was to give them the confidence and know-how to effectively MC a very important function at which many notable people would be in attendance. Their concerns were very real for this had to work and there was no room for failure. Yet by the end of this life-changing experience both of these people were able to proclaim that the situation no longer frightened them and they were actually looking forward to this glittering occasion. Before I walked away they shared something very interesting with me.
I learnt that after enquiring about my services, they had made further enquiries with other extended public speaking courses. “Boy did they tear shreds off you!” one of them confided in me. She told me that one guy told her: “It simply can’t be done in one session… You need a longer course in which to practise”. He went on to say that he’d been in the business for 20 years and it would be an absolute waste of time and money to even consider it. But your sheer conviction and passion swayed us to believe you could deliver what you promise in one interactive session and that’s just what you’ve done.
It goes without saying the evening was an outstanding success and both of these people have since gone on from there. This choice is also yours.
And help doesn’t stop at the end of this exciting learning experience for I’m only an email away whenever you need me. Nerelie Teese sums this up nicely:
Thanks for your great tips, and your support and encouragement. When my principal welcomed everyone, he announced that I'd been invited to present a professional practice paper at the IASL annual conference in Jamaica in August. He indicated to me earlier that our school will promote this in our local community and that I'll be featured in the Melbourne Weekly. Of course I'll be consulting you about my Jamaica presentation which is "Introducing and Establishing a Wide Reading Program in the Middle Years of Schooling" - which is much more interesting and exciting than it looks!
Again, my sincere thanks for all you've done in encouraging me to go for these fantastic experiences. It's such fun.
Australian Bush Poet & Author, Speaker and Teacher Librarian.
You can't lose with my 100% no questions asked money-back guarantee. My sole purpose is to replace your fear of speaking before groups with the firm belief that you now know What to say and How to say it with Confidence! If at session's end you can't say "It no longer frightens me. The whole process of gathering my thoughts, preparing myself mentally, and delivering what I have to say with confidence now seems so easy. I actually look forward to my next talk!" Well, if you can't say this - and it's never happened yet - you won't pay me a cent. But when you do say these things a profound shift in thinking will have occurred to the way you see yourself as an effective communicator.
Think of this mind-opening 4-hour session as an exciting new doorway to a life of speaking confidence where you will always be able to air your views in a confident way so people will respect who you are and what you are saying. You will have discovered what I now know as someone who speaks for a living and bypass all the heartache and humiliation that I had to go through to gain my priceless insights. You'll have them all on a platter, understand them, and add an exciting new dimension to your life.
You'll also be tapping into the speaking successes I've led others to discover where they too have left their public speaking fears and nervousness behind and now enjoy communicating with confidence before groups; just like John and Mary:
Last Christmas I was pulled over by a young policeman for a routine check in a dark back street of Melbourne. As I parked by the curb I thought 'I don't remember doing anything wrong?'
'Licence please' he politely asked as he went through the regulation breathalyser test etc. Then he paused, looked at me closely and said, "What's your name?" When I told him, something extraordinary happened. "It's because of you I've got this job" he said. "I had no self belief and was terrified of the interview and public speaking ordeals that faced me at the Police Academy. Your training session completely turned all this around."
Somewhat stunned, it all came back to me as I got out of the car and stood beside this confident young policeman in his uniform.
"My sergeant is sitting in the car watching all this so we better keep going through the motions," he said.
When he had finished I looked him in the eye with a certain amount of pride, "I always said you'd be a confident policeman, and here you are."
For a moment words failed us and we just stood there. Then we warmly shook hands and I drove away inspired. Inspired that is, that what I do in helping people overcome their public speaking fears and self-doubt works like magic, and I can do the same for you.
And likewise with Mary. Mary was a young doctor about to face the traumatic experience of the oral part of her medical examinations where she had to diagnose real patients before an audience and then be cross examined by those all-powerful medical people above her. Her whole future was at stake. She was terrified. She was fearful of making a mistake and looking a fool. She was fearful of misdiagnosing the problem and getting medical terms wrong. And she was fearful of being at the mercy of those who had a profound influence over her career as a doctor. Mary was no longer in control as the competent, locum doctor diagnosing and treating patients she had been for the last three years. She had become a victim of her own perceived fears. One of which was even if she did the session with me how could she be certain things would go well on the day?
Once Mary 'discovered' that she was indeed knowledgeable about her subject through study and experience she started to see things more clearly and her ingrained fears began to evaporate. After all, she had been working as a consulting locum for the past 3 years where her patients trusted her as the medical expert who would look after them and their ailments. In these situations she was the person in control expected to make the diagnosis and prescribe a possible remedy for her nervous patients. When she realised that the real patient in her oral exams would probably be more nervous than her, she understood that it was beholden on her to be in control of this situation too and simply replicate what she normally did in her consulting rooms. In fact by sharing how she went about her diagnosis with her examiners with a real-life patient to refer to would be more engaging, take the pressure off her and make answering specific questions easy for her.
She could now see it was only fair - and to her advantage - that her focus be 100% on the patient's health and well-being instead of being solely on her perceived shortcomings and fears. She now accepted the fact that everyone gets a little keyed-up and nervous in an exam situation, it's only natural. But normal healthy excitement and adrenalin is a lot different from being at the mercy of crippling fear.
By the end of this one-to-one session Mary said goodbye to her faulty thinking and could clearly see that there was real hope for her. She was actually looking forward to the experience rather than dreading it for she now had the tools and self-belief to do the job. Needless to say Mary passed her exams with flying colours and is now a fully-fledged doctor.
These experiences continue to reinforce my deeply held conviction that my approach to transforming self-doubt and fear into public speaking confidence and effectiveness is unique and works like magic.
So why not join the thousands who are now confident public speakers and communicators as a direct result of what they learnt in one of my life-changing sessions.
Here's what will 'have happened' to your thinking by the end of this exciting learning experience:
- a transformed belief system from "public speaking terrifies me" to "I eagerly look forward to my next presentation!"
- the knowledge and know-how to formulate presentation ideas and deliver them with confidence - be it for business, weddings or social occasions
- have something to say and say it in an interesting and natural way
- cease to be overwhelmed by the status, talents and successes of other public speakers
- replace destructive pre presentation panic with controlled excitement
- make the most of who you are and your unlimited communicating potential - and much more
Venue: I come to you anywhere in Australia, or you come to my Box Hill studio. Either way suits me fine.
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