If you’re fed up of feeling really anxious speaking in public..
If you panic when asked to deliver a presentation…
If you have missed so many opportunities in life because of this fear..
You’ve come to the right place
Since 2000 I’ve been helping people change how how feel about public speaking. Most of them feel that it’s just them who feel like this.
But is this you as well?…
Scared of being the centre of attention?
I hate the focus on me when I am the centre of attention
I’m scared of falling apart and being judged when everyone is looking at me
Does it limit your life?
The fear of public speaking holds me back from speaking up in meetings.
I’ve avoided applying for jobs because there is a presentation to do in the interview.
My life smaller because of this fear.
Do you feel the pressure to perform?
I want to appear to be confident even though I’m terrified
I have to be funny, professional, sound intelligent, be perfect even when my heart is pounding out of my chest
Are you overwhelmed by physical feelings?
I feel like I can’t breathe and my voice always feels small
I have brain freeze and forget my words
Afraid of losing control?
I feel like my public speaking fears are going to run away and build up?
This fear has ruled my life and career for years.
Feels like it’s just you who feels like this?
Other people look so confident and I think it’s just me who feels this scared.
I don’t quite deserve my job and if they really knew who I was, they would judge me
I have struggled for years and years with public speaking fear and really doubt that a two day course can do anything at all to shift it.
Preparation never seems enough…
I prepare and prepare and prepare my presentations but I still feel tongue-tied and get brain freeze
Undermine your own confidence?
My inner critic is really tough on me. I over analyse myself all the time.
You are NOT the only one
I’ve worked with 7000 people in 19 years. That’s a lot of people, a lot of courses and lot of fear.
So my goal is to help you move past your fears and anxiety, to live a life where you are not ashamed of, nor limited by your fears. So you can live your life to the full and do all the things that you really want to do.
That’s why I have developed a two day course totally designed to help people like you. It’s not like a normal presentation course. I’m not going to teach how to do powerpoint. I used to run a one day course which worked well for lots of people but for some it wasn’t enough. And I knew that the results from the two day course were consistently better
My course is about helping you build the confidence you need to be the centre of attention. Learning to connect authentically with your audience, and to find the words as you go. In other words it’s about getting your brain back so you can think clearly. And your breathing and heart rate back so you feel more normal. It’s about making something overwhelming, far simpler and far more possible.
I know that everyone who comes to my course will probably be nervous. So the two day course is designed to make it as safe as possible for you to learn the new skills and the new thinking you need to make public speaking more possible.
It’s not just about public speaking, its about public being
I’ve realised over the years that to teach public speaking, you have to break it down into smaller parts. And one of those parts is “public being”. Can I be the centre of attention? Can I breathe in front of people? Can I be looked at? Can I just BE in front of an audience? These seem very simple questions but a lot of people find it tricky to be in front of people and existing! We feel like we have to perform, entertain, be dynamic. Of course at some later stage you have to be interesting as a speaker but unless we just first learn to be to begin with we are always pressuring ourselves. And that is why I started to talk about public being four years ago and it has made quite a difference in how people change how they think about public speaking.
Here is some feedback about that stage of the course
The course started out from the most basic stage of being comfortable with Public Being, which so many other courses completely overlook. It didn't take much to make a huge difference, but taking things back to basics isn't feasible in normal life and your course did this in a safe, positive environment which broke so many barriers for me. By the end of the two days, I was looking forward to talking in public and really can't wait to stand in front of an audience. I never thought I'd think that.
You understand it like no-one I have met before and realizing it is the fear of “public being” and not speaking was a revelation to me. Enlightenment!
Something profound happened to me in your course which I think was your message about 'public being' rather than public speaking, alongside your modelling of vulnerability and connectedness - simply sharing yourself with your audience. I did feel slightly nervous on both occasions, but then relaxed and stayed with myself throughout the sessions - I even enjoyed it!
It's been a revelation and has stayed with me in a simple but very experiential and immediate way.
I think you hit the nail on the head when speaking about ‘public being’. That is exactly what I need to be more comfortable with to achieve what I wanted from the course. The course made me realise there are steps to achieving more confidence and the way they were broken down was really achievable and encouraging.
reviews about the whole course
Here are some recent ones. There are lots of reviews of the course throughout the website but they are concentrated here.
For me your course goes beyond public speaking, it reaches inside you and makes you realise that the fundamental reasons for fear of public speaking are in fact the same things that have caged so many other aspects of my life. Thank you.
Wonderful, friendly, warm, enlightening are some of the words that first spring to mind when I think of the Public Speaking course run by John. The course went beyond my expectations and was a brilliant two days providing me with a tool kit to improve my confidence and public speaking. I can't recommend this course enough, even if you don't want to do any public speaking then this is a great course for gaining more confidence and not being afraid to be more you.
This course is fantastic and truly life-changing for anyone struggling with presentation/public speaking anxieties. The skills I have picked up from the course are invaluable and I will carry them with my for the rest of my life - worth every penny 🙂
The course with John was excellent, so much more than just public speaking and a lot more than I expected. John's approach was absolutely perfect and it has given me the confidence to feel much more at ease both in personal and work life. Since the course I've delivered a presentation to a larger group of unknown people which I wouldnt not have been able to before. Would highly recommend the course to anyone who is considering it.