Blog posts on Nervousness

Be inspired by these two women

Shonda Rhimes is the creator of award-winning TV shows, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. Like many introverts, her safe space was sitting in her office writing. She turned down most speaking engagements and when she couldn't get out of it ... "I was a walking panic attack....

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Resurrecting a long held dream

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that over the last couple of months, I've been stuck in bed due to an accident. I've been using the time to resurrect a long-held dream. That dream is to create an online program to help people overcome the fear of...

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Stop Waiting till you Feel more Confident

Many times, back when I was working in the corporate world, I would sit in a meeting listening to a discussion knowing that I had a valuable perspective to offer. But as I thought about offering my opinion I would start to feel my heart beating hard inside my chest...

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My Word for 2018 is Courage

Rather then making a resolution, I like to choose a word for the year. Typing is not my strong suit right now, so here's a video to...

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The Myth of the Perfect Presenter

As a young lawyer I idolized a senior lawyer in our city. Margaret Nixon was cool and poised. As a speaker she was clear and logical, but still warm and engaging.  She got her message across every single time. And did I mention she could also make people laugh! To my...

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The 3 Step Process for Handling your Darkest Fears

It was 9am - the beginning of an inhouse company training course like hundreds that I had run before. The corporate training room was standard, the number of participants was not more than usual, and it was a pretty normal gender mix. There was nothing exceptional...

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How to transform your relationship with nervousness

I still get nervous about public speaking. But I've transformed my relationship with nervousness. It is now a friendly companion, not an evil stalker. There are many aspects to this transformation, and there's just one that I want to talk about in this post. And...

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10 tips for overcoming the fear of being bold

I’m working on being bold – whether it’s in a one on one conversation or in a presentation. In the past, I’ve often watered down what I say to avoid upsetting anyone. And I’m not alone. Many of the people that I coach are concerned about being bold. As a result, they...

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How a shy country boy overcame his fear of public speaking

Last week I received a moving and inspiring email from a reader about how he overcame his fear of public speaking. Dave has given me permission to share his story and I hope you find it inspiring too. It reinforces the point that you can learn to be a confident public...

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How to recover from a presentation disaster

Getting no feedback from your audience is hard. That's what happened to a reader, Emma, this week: I did a 20-minute presentation during a lunch yesterday and I’m feeling pretty terrible about it.  I would love to tell you all of the details about what I felt went...

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