You know you have an important story to share and you have a heartfelt desire to make a difference in the world but, right now, you might be cringing away from the spotlight. Perhaps even the thought of “public speaking” makes you feel nauseous. Sound familiar? You need to know how different your business could look and how much untapped potential you could unleash if you overcame this mindset. The people that most need what you have to offer would benefit so much from you standing fully in your power and claiming your rightful space on stage.

“Step out of your comfort zone. Comfort zones, where your unrealized dreams are buried, are the enemies of achievement. Leadership begins when you step outside your comfort zone.”
― Roy T. Bennett >

Visualise how different your business/life could look in a year, 5 years, more, if you weren’t held back by those limiting beliefs about your role as a public speaker and the physical discomfort that those beliefs trigger. That’s a lot of potential there, isn’t it?

The wonderful thing about this (self imposed) limitation that’s been holding you back from taking up public speaking opportunities, is that the only thing standing in the way of your limitless potential is your own mindset – which means you are 100% capable of overcoming it!

If you invested in your own personal growth in this area you could experience:

  • More credibility and trust in your brand
  • Greater visibility and more likely to stand out from the crowd
  • Better executed and more effective marketing efforts
  • Self belief, confidence and a new lease of energy
  • Opportunities you can’t even imagine right now

You may be interested in checking out this previous post on ways public speaking can help grow your business.

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Right now, the thought of saying yes to public speaking opportunities may make you feel:

Dry mouthed

Weak and scratchy voiced

A constant need to clear your throat


Heart racing

Flushed and red in the face

Butterflies or knots in your stomach



This nervousness is often referred to as “Performance Anxiety”. If you feel any of the above symptoms and hear those negative voices saying things like:

“You will forget everything.”

“Who will want to hear what you have to say?”

“Your nerves will get the better of you.”

Know that you are not alone. Even the most experienced public speakers have experienced this at some point. The difference between them and your current mindset though, is that they have learned how to channel these feelings more positively. This is discussed in greater detail in the post “Could being a confident speaker be the springboard for your success”. You can learn to feel alert and energized when stepping up to speak; empowered instead of exhausted and disempowered.

You may find it hard to believe right now, but it is possible to feel very differently and unleash your potential by saying yes to public speaking opportunities. If you’re still unsure of the impact that your current mindset is having on your business, consider:

  • Are you seeing more obstacles than opportunities for your business or perhaps your business isn’t growing in the way you would like?
  • Have you been talking yourself out of taking bold leaps with your business – “it’s just too risky!”?
  • Maybe you’ve been feeling that investing in yourself and your business right now is unfeasible?

That’s a lot of limitations you might be putting on your potential for growth as a business and as a person. In fact, that’s a whole lot of you saying “no” when you could be saying “YES”: with the most impactful yes being to public speaking opportunities.

The Step Up and Shine intensive 3 month programme could be exactly what you need. This programme is designed to turn you into a speaker who commands the room, holds the audience’s attention and gets amazing results from speaking – there are still spaces available – start date is 12th October 2019.

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