I have noticed one thing that comes up time and time again when I speak with my clients. No matter how talented people are there is always a time when that wave of self-doubt kicks in and they second guess whether they are in fact cut out for this professional speaking gig.
The events of the last few years certainly haven’t improved this situation, with many in person events cancelled or postponed and a global panic about what the future may hold, it’s not a surprise that for many our confidence has taken a beating.
However I am here to tell you that underneath that self-doubt you almost certainly have the skills and expertise to pull off a stand out speaking career! Here are my 4 strategies for unlocking confidence when you feel like you have none:
- Make it simple.
Start by looking at what you currently have. The pre work, the current courses and the talks you have completed previously. Have a think about which elements can be repurposed into something new and unique.
- Go back to basics.
Revisit your core story and what you are most passionate about. Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to always have something new and shiny that we forget that our core story is where we are strongest.
- Pump yourself up.
Find all those lovely testimonials and feedback from your previous presentations and remind yourself of just how great you are at what you do. Print them out and pin them up as a daily reminder of just how far you have come already.
- Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Take a leap and reach out to those organisations, decision makers or providers that you keep putting off. Propose to them how you see it could work. Map it out for them and explain the benefits of continuing to prioritise learning and development and why you are a great fit.
Confidence is part of my AIR speaker system and something that I explore in depth as part of my intensive..
You can find all the details here but don’t hesitate to shoot me an email if you have questions. http://helenpackham.com/intensive
As a bonus you get my virtual speaking and training pro courses to enhance your confidence in all areas of your speaking.
You have every opportunity to flourish and I want to help you do just that.