Hi, I'm Olivia Mitchell
Most public speaking advice is “one-size fits all”.
And most of it is written by extroverts. That means it doesn’t always work for those of us who are introverts.
15 years ago, I became a public speaking coach – by accident.
As an introvert, I’ve developed approaches to public speaking that work for introverts.
I work with fellow introverts, helping them develop their confidence, their presentations and deliver their message to the world.
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Recent blog posts
Why striving to be authentic can be a trap
I suggested to Michaela that when she was delivering the most important parts of her presentation, she stand square to the audience. She pushed back on my suggestion, claiming that it wouldn't be authentic. What she really meant is that it didn't feel natural to her...
The first time is never the best
At the beginning of term, a ceramics teacher divided his students into two groups, Group A and Group B. To Group A he said: “I want you to make as many pots as possible. At the end of the term I'll grade you on the weight of your pots.” To Group B he said: “I want you...
The Need to be Knowledgeable
When you have a big presentation coming up, do you say to yourself: "I must be knowledgeable." "I must be the expert on this topic." "I must be able to answer every question." The problem with these statements The first is the use of the word "must". This makes them...
Would you wear clothes that clash?
My mother is an elegant French woman. She taught me how to dress well, and in particular to avoid wearing clashing colors. So wearing clothes that clash makes me feel uncomfortable. I feel like I've got a neon sign on my forehead flashing "Look at me, and judge my...
An unconventional approach to overcoming the fear of public speaking
At the beginning of this year, I was stuck in bed following a major accident. I had a lot of time to think. There was one problem that I turned over in my mind. For 20 years I had run public speaking courses in New Zealand and tried my best to help people overcome the...
Insights from the first round of Journey to Confidence
The pilot of Journey to Confidence has just concluded and I am busy wrapping it up and getting ready to open the program up for enrollment again. Meanwhile I want to share with you some of the insights that the first group of students had. Torna Pitman has been a...