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Using Your Voice For Change

Imposter syndrome, fear of visibility, and self-doubt can hold you back from reaching your full potential and making a difference in your industry.

As a business owner, it can be challenging to put yourself out there and share your message with the world.

I completely get it. I just did my first public speaking engagement in 3 years just over a week ago. It takes courage!

However, it is possible to overcome these challenges and become a confident and influential speaker. In this blog post, we will explore strategies and techniques that can help you develop your public speaking skills and overcome your fear of visibility.

The Power of Storytelling

Storytelling is a powerful tool that can help you connect with your audience and convey your message in a compelling way. When we hear a story, our brains release oxytocin, a chemical that promotes empathy and trust. This can make it easier for your audience to remember and connect with your message.

To develop your storytelling skills, start by watching TED Talks and stand-up comedy. Pay attention to how these speakers structure their stories, use humor and emotion, and engage their audience. Take notes on what you find effective and start practicing these techniques in your own speaking engagements.

It's also important to write down your own stories, even if they feel vulnerable or imperfect. This can help you clarify your message and make it more relatable to your audience. Practice telling these stories to friends, family, or colleagues and ask for feedback on how you can improve.

Breaking Down Your Content

One of the biggest challenges of public speaking is organizing and delivering your content in a clear and concise way. This can be especially difficult if you're feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

To make this process easier, try breaking down your content into manageable chunks. Start by identifying the key points you want to convey and organizing them into sections or bullet points. This can help you stay focused and on track during your presentation.

Practice, practice, practice

It's also important to rehearse your content before your speaking engagement. Practice delivering your message out loud, and time yourself to make sure you're staying within your allotted time. — I can’t tell you how many speakers I’ve seen that didn’t do this, went overtime and they didn’t get invited to speak again by the host.—

Rehearsing can help you feel more comfortable and confident during your actual presentation.

Building Your Confidence

Building confidence as a speaker can take time and practice, but there are several strategies that can help.

First, focus on your intention and commitment to making a difference with your message. This can help you shift your focus away from seeking validation or approval from others and towards your passion for your subject matter.

It's also important to challenge your inner critic and negative self-talk. When you start to doubt yourself or feel anxious, take a moment to acknowledge these feelings and remind yourself of your strengths and accomplishments. Practice self-compassion and give yourself permission to make mistakes and learn from them.

Finding Support

As a business owner, it can be challenging to find the time and resources to improve your public speaking skills. However, there are several options available to help you overcome your fear of visibility and become a more confident speaker.

Consider joining a public speaking group or hiring a speaking coach. These resources can provide you with personalized feedback and support, as well as opportunities to practice and refine your skills.

You can also find support through online communities and resources. Look for groups or forums that focus on public speaking or overcoming imposter syndrome. These communities can provide you with advice, motivation, and inspiration to help you succeed.

Final Thoughts

As a business owner, your voice and message are important. By developing your public speaking skills and overcoming your fear of visibility, you can become a powerful and influential speaker who makes a difference in your industry.

Remember to focus on your intention, break down your content, and practice your storytelling skills. Be kind to yourself and seek out the support and resources you need to succeed.

With time and practice, you can overcome your fear of visibility and become a confident and effective public speaker.

If you’d like to learn more about public speaking and some of these tips make sure to listen to my interview from this week on The Courage To Be Podcast with Elaine Williams, award winning public speaker and stand up comedian.

To your prosperity and abundance!


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