We understand the fear of public speaking. We understand where it comes from and we understand how to help you fix it.
Living in fear of speaking out in a group or living in fear of your next presentation can hold you back significantly in both your personal life and in your career.
We believe that anyone can overcome this fear and go on to give successful presentations without stress.
Our Speak Without Fear program consists of 2 three-hour sessions: Saturday, February 9th and Saturday, February 23rd, both days from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. These six hours are a small investment of time for a huge reward. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in any speaking situation, whether interpersonal or public.
We invite you to join us for these small group sessions in a relaxed and supportive learning environment. Our coaches have years of expertise in working with participants of all levels, however this seminar is reserved for those with fear of speaking in public. (We offer other seminars for those who have different speaking needs.) You will be in good company!
Our sessions are based on both lecture/discussion and interactive exercises. We believe that many of the skills necessary for confident speaking may be learned by understanding theory and techniques while practicing one-on-one, while gradually incorporating the skills interpersonally and eventually...... in front of an audience. The timing of “eventually” is up to you. There is NO PRESSURE to speak publicly in our sessions.
“Thank you so very much for hosting such an insightful and realistic class! I’ve already felt the benefits. Your class for me was amazing. It started with your email and questions. It helped me to start thinking about where I feel comfortable and where I am not. The class was small enough to feel ‘safe’, but big enough to be a group. Your teaching style, I can really connect with. The information was shared in such a supportive and understanding manner, it was easy to relate and be open. The structures you taught us, I’ve already used and shared with peers. When it was over, I wished it wasn’t.“
“I wish I had taken this course earlier in my career. I have missed so many opportunities because I thought I could not speak in public. Now I know that I am totally capable of doing so. I have changed my mindset completely. I am grateful for all of the tools you gave us in the course and for your encouragement. “
“I had joined a group years ago to practice my public speaking and hopefully get over my fears of it but nothing actually helped me until I took your workshop. I cannot thank you enough. This weekend changed my life. Thanks again. “
Session 1: Saturday, February 9th, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
*Public Speaking Fear: Why do we have it? What can we do about it?
*The Physiology of Fear
*Fear and the Brain
*The Fly Technique
*Non-Verbal Communication: How Your Body Can Help You
*Feeling Prepared In Any Speaking Situation
*Simple Templates for Speaking
*The Conversation Technique
*Building Habits for Successful Speaking
*Starting Slowly: Narratives
*7 Principles of Effective Narratives
*Working with Your Existing Strengths
*Secret Homework: The Andy Technique, Your Unsuspecting Boss, and Pocket Narratives
Session 2: Saturday, February 23rd, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
*Feeling Judged and What To Do
*Your One Sentence
*7 Ways to Elaborate
*4 Modes of Speaking: 3 to Avoid; 1 for Boosting Confidence
*Power Point Slides: How to Rise Above the Crowd
*Question Period: How To Handle with Poise
*Targeting Your Audience
*Yes You Can!
Your coach for this session is Vicki Goodfellow Duke. Vicki is passionate about helping speakers. She is the director of Outspoken Communicationsand coaches speakers of all levels from beginner to professional. Vicki is an active speaker and trainer and delivers corporate workshops and seminars across Canada and the US. She has adjudicated numerous festivals and is a former examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in Speech Arts and Drama. Vicki concurrently teaches public speaking in the Faculty of Business and Communications at Mount Royal University where she has taught and developed curriculum for over 20 years. She holds both a Licentiate and a Fellow in Communications from Trinity College London (UK) as well as a BA in Philosophy (UC). Vicki believes that anyone can become a great speaker.
6 Hours of Training (Two Sessions)
We have confidence that you will benefit from this program, and that you will reap the rewards of being able to speak without fear.
Feel free to email or call us with questions.
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