Terrified of Public Speaking?"Five Steps To Fearless Public Speaking"
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Being a brilliant public speaker isn’t about bravado, it’s about authenticity.
It’s about speaking from the heart.
It’s about connecting with your listeners.
It’s about knowing what value you bring.
It’s about standing in your power.
Sometimes, for us women, that’s a scary prospect. We think it might rock the boat or cause us to stand out too much, so we avoid it.
But LISTEN to me and really HEAR this – that power is your birthright.
It’s what will allow you to make the massive impact on the world you’re here to make.
It’s what will make you a magnetic presence on stage and irresistible to your clients.
As a successful, savvy woman, I know this hasn’t escaped your attention. But that doesn’t mean the idea of taking the leap into the big, hairy, scary world of public speaking isn’t still daunting.
I totally understand.
You need some support, some encouragement and some know-how to make that leap, right?
Which means you’re in the perfect place.
Because that’s where my power and passion come into play. But before I tell you about me I just want you to know two things.
You are meant to shine, not hide in the shadows.
You are ready. You can do this. I believe in you.
Hello! I’m Aly Harrold, I’m a public speaking coach and it’s my passion to help business women to conquer their fears so they can step on stage and share their message with confidence, conviction and charisma.
Because it’s just as Oprah Winfrey says, “Being able to communicate with people is power!”
And it’s the truth.
After just under a decade on the speaking circuit, I have seen the impact on audiences time and time again when a speaker delivers their message with clarity, integrity and heart. It’s spellbinding.
And while I can now call on all the best tools and techniques in the trade to deliver my own speeches (for which I’ve even won a few awards, check them out below) it hasn’t always been this easy for me.
There was a time when I too stood up on stage, my body shook, my words froze and my heart was beating so loud and fast in my chest I thought everyone could hear it. On top of that, I wasn’t sure anyone cared what I had to say! It was nerve-wracking, anxiety-inducing – and let’s not even start on how vulnerable it made me feel!
When I started in speaking eight years ago, my marriage had just ended and my confidence and self-esteem were at an all-time low.
My husband and I together had built a very successful publishing company and even though I was integral to the business, I had become accustomed to being “the woman behind the man”.
So when we divorced and I left the business, I realised I’d lost some of my identity.
I wanted to reconnect with myself once more and gain back my confidence, so I decided to do it through public speaking.
Now, that might seem a slightly odd choice to some of you who – at the moment – would prefer to have an appendix out than step on stage.
But before the publishing company I had a professional singing career, so I already knew that being on stage could be an exhilarating, uplifting and magical experience.
And I was determined to feel that again.
So I dove in to the Association Of Speakers Clubs and put my knowledge of the voice and how to strengthen it and utilise it to best effect.
While I was at it I was building a healthy food business and speaking was a way for me to share my passion for nutrition and raw chocolate. And as I met like-minded women along the way, I gained a reputation for inspiring, encouraging and supporting them to find their voice and share their message wherever they could.
I agree with the Dalai Lama when he said: “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” But not if we don’t get out there speaking it won’t!
So after years working and competing in the public speaking field, and supporting and inspiring other women to put themselves out there, I realised I could help these women to overcome their nerves, gain the confidence to speak out – and actually enjoy it!
Which is how Step Up and Shine came about.
Now I help women in business release their limiting fears around public speaking, give them the know-how to be a magnetic presence on stage, so that they can naturally create more business, raise their visibility and joyfully say YES to speaking opportunities.
Aly Harrold is an entrepreneur, public speaking coach, lover of raw chocolate and singer (although these days it’s just in the shower and the odd occasion when she can’t resist picking up her ukulele and singing a few James Taylor songs).
Her mission is to support as many women as possible to move past their fears of public speaking so they can shine their light on the world and change it for the better.
As a member of The Association of Speakers Clubs, Aly’s achievements include:
- 2012 Kent Speaker of the Year
- 2014 Speaker of the Year
- 2014 South East Speaker of the Year
- 2014 3rd place, National Speaker of the Year
She currently stands as President of the West Kent Speakers Club for 2015. (2014 was a watershed year for the club – it was the first time in the club’s 43-year history that it had both a female VP and a female president at the same time!)
Aly is currently coaching two speakers for the TEDx Youth Croydon to be held on November 14th 2015
When not empowering women through speaking, Aly hangs out in the Kent countryside near her home with her partner, Dan, and her black labrador rescue dog Franny.
If you’re in that part of the world, and come across a woman in the woods talking to the trees making lovely big gestures… it might be Aly. She finds rehearsing a new speech in the woods inspirational and therapeutic, so if you see her, say hello!!
“Aly is authentic and professional and her caring nurturing approach with coaching for speaking has enabled me to get out there and know I can do it. The freedom this has given me is fantastic!”
“Working with Aly has taken away my worries! She did not disappoint. She helped me with so many valuable techniques and tools, and I found myself able to put these into practice immediately with excellent results.”
“Through Aly I have learnt some great techniques that I now regularly use as part of my toolkit. These enable me to ensure I deliver a clear message and that I can consistently control my nerves – ultimately ensuring that I am the very best I can be!”