I have been making the largest part of my income from public speaking in one form or another since 1987. Before I learned how to overcome my fears, I would have been terrified of standing up in front of an audience.
For seven years, I was in charge of a training agency, coaching people with disabilities who were returning to work. Many were skilled people, who had been injured or had suffered a long-term illness and were now facing the prospect of applying for jobs for the first time in years. For many of these people, a lack of self-confidence was the biggest hurdle they had to jump before they were ready to learn new skills.
At the time, I was taking a particular training that gives deep insights into the way we create our own reality by filtering and responding to sensory information in useful and not-so-useful ways. I could see that this could be just what was needed to help my trainees move significantly forward in the short time they were with us.
With my colleagues, I created the SHAPE (Self Help And Personal Effectiveness) course for my trainees and over the next few years helped hundreds of them to regain their self-confidence and feel better about themselves than they had ever done. Many went on to get the jobs they really wanted, in spite of what were, in some cases, quite severe disabilities.
A key part of the SHAPE course was to encourage people to speak for themselves: to talk about their lives and their hopes and fears in front of a group of people, and many reported that this experience was vital in their progress towards real self-confidence.
From that experience, I developed my 'Speaking For Yourself' events, designed to help people just like you overcome their fear of public speaking.
Many people found these events made a big impact on their lives and greatly improved their ability to talk confidently to people, both individually and in groups. My own life took a different direction, but I am thinking about re-launching 'Speaking For Yourself', now I have more time for it.
My immediate concern is to help you, right now, get more of what you want out of life, so please...
“We cannot control the way people interpret our ideas or thoughts, but we can control the words and tones we choose to convey them. Peace is built on understanding, and wars are built on misunderstandings. Never underestimate the power of a single word, and never recklessly throw around words. One wrong word, or misinterpreted word, can change the meaning of an entire sentence and start a war. And one right word, or one kind word, can grant you the heavens and open doors.” Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
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