Most of the time people come to me because they have an interview or a presentation coming up. That's great - I really love to help them. Today, however, I've had a letter from a previous participant thanking me for helping her find the courage to speak at her mum's funeral. It means a great deal to me - to help people find their voice even at a difficult time.
Life is short and people close to us die. When they do so can we stand by our beloved's coffin and say goodbye or do we let that occasion pass?. Can we take our place in the world even when it might be the hardest day of our lives?When I spoke at my father's funeral I felt a deep honour in representing the family, a deep sense of awe talking about a man's life and what that meant to me and a deep sense of purpose that his death had to be marked well.
Of course getting your head around public speaking is mainly for work but its for celebrating our lives too.