I’m terrified of speaking in public, how can I fix this?
Performance Anxiety is what underlies a fear of Public Speaking. Performance anxiety is fear about one's ability to perform a specific task. People experiencing performance anxiety may worry about failing a task before it has even begun. Top athletes, actors, singers, politicians and media presenters know this anxiety all too well, it’s what the rest of us in society call nerves. Cath is an expert on Performance Anxiety and has a range of tools to help you fix this.
How do you get people to want to listen to you?
If you want to entice people to listen to you and as such effectively influence them, the key is to ask yourself this question - How can I arouse curiosity? What will make this specific group of people go - oooh, I did'nt know that. Or oooh, that's really interesting. Or even, Oooh, that's really alarming! Working with Cath can help you understand exactly how to arouse curiosity and get buy in from your stakeholders or clients.
How can I present effectively online?
Our communication continues to be online and over the next few months there will be a return to a hybrid way of communicating. How can you be sure that you are going to get your messages across? How can you be sure that you will hold the attention of your listeners during online meetings, interviews, calls, or if you are marketing via Podcasts, Instagram or You Tube videos. Cath is an expert in online presenting and can help you to master this art. See Cath presenting online here.
How can I sound more fluid in my communication? I uhm and ahh A LOT!
Our rate of speech can determine the fluidity of our communication. When our rate of speech increases we can begin to add additional speech sounds like uhm, err, eh. Or filler words like; so, right or okay. This can cause you to be perceived as hesitant in your communication. The key is to learn to declutter your communication, and Cath has a range of tools in order to help you to do this.
How can I think more clearly on the spot?
At one time or other we all find ourselves on the spot. Our next thought is how can we get ourselves off the spot! Politicians make an entire career out of getting themselves off the spot. They are experts at "avoiding the question". However, there are times, when we can all harness our inner politician and get ourselves off the spot. Working with Cath can show you how to think clearly under pressure and communicate effectively every time.
I hear colleagues be really eloquent in meetings, how do they do this?
Eloquence is practised and mastered effective communication. It's not just about the verbal delivery of the message but also crucially the choice of words. Employing great rhetoric can make you sound more eloquent, and can elevate your messaging. Working with Cath can help you to understand how eloquent you can really be, during your important communications.
I’ve got an important interview approaching, how can I guarantee success?
An interview is high stakes Q&A. Best advice is usually to do a written draft of answers to the questions you would expect at the interview. We don't write as we speak however, so if you do written drafts of your answers you can come across as overly formal. The key to interview success is to do Verbal Drafting, and that simply means practise out loud. Cath has helped over 20 clients in the last year succeed at interview and is directly credited with helping them achieve success. Find out more in my Top Tips for Acing the Interview You Tube video
I waffle under pressure, how can I stop this?
We speak around 150 words per minute, however we think a lot faster than that. It is our thinking words that can undermine our impact because they say "are these people listening to me" "your talking too much, stop talking!" However you find your mouth keeps moving. It takes practise to be succinct. Cath shares with clients a series of memorable structures, that when you employ these structures keep you on track and stop you from waffling. Find out more about memorable structures.
I feel really nervous when at interview, how can perform more successfully?
Everyone experiences anxiety and worry. It is completely natural to be concerned about how well you are able to perform at interview, particularly when all eyes are on you. In training with Cath you will focus on what performance anxiety is, and how you can take steps to manage your performance anxiety. You are not alone; everyone experiences nerves when they first enter the spotlight. Contact Cath here.