Personal Coaching and Executive Coaching: Overcoming your fear of public speaking. Do you struggle with being seen or heard in team meetings, conferences, speaking engagements, pitches, board meetings, presentations, pitches, group settings, social settings or in 1:1 settings? Perhaps you are confident to be seen and heard in your personal life but not within your career or maybe its vice versa?
Public Speaking Fears and Triggers
Many professionals, executives and leaders have a fear of public speaking in different settings and with different people and usually for varied reasons. For example:
- Being an introvert.
- Fear of being exposed
- Fear of saying the wrong thing.
- Fear of being criticised or judged.
- Perfectionism, overwhelm and over-planning
- Imposter syndrome and self-doubt.
- Fear of being caught off guard and looking like you don’t’ know what you’re doing.
- Fear for their career security.
- Dislike of feeling uncomfortable or feeling caught off guard.
A fear of visibility and exposure keeps you safe, yet at the same time this safety can hold you back from realising, reaching and communicating your full potential.
Here are some coaching questions and tips to consider and help you to build your public speaking confidence.
- What holds you back when you think about public speaking, being heard and seen?
- Do different situations or different people trigger you, how, when, and why?
- How are your fears or triggers impacting you now and how might they impact you in the future?
- Using actual evidence how true are your fears?
- What are you risking or compromising by not showing up?
- Is staying safe and not showing up worth the risk and compromise of not achieving your goals?
- What small steps could you take to help you to feel more confident and clearer when public speaking?
- Focusing on what and how you’re communicating your message will help you to move the spotlight away from yourself and thereby prevent you from feeling too exposed.
- Plan and practice if you can. Otherwise, make sure you breathe, pause, and take your time with replying to any questions which catch you off guard. You can always request extra time to consider the question and your reply.
- You determine your self-worth and value. There will always be people who will either support or criticise you. However, confidence starts from within rather than being sought from others, so it’s important to believe in your own right to be seen and heard and to place value on your message.
Your next steps forward
If you dislike public speaking, or you fear being seen and heard then why not contact me to find out how clarity, confidence & success coaching could help you to feel calmer, in control and to show up with confidence.
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