Harness the power of your voice and elevate your public speaking skills to make a lasting impact.
As a confident public speaker, you can connect, convince and create positive change. Ready to step up and share your message? My Public Speaking for Women program is now open for applications.
Imagine that you can stand up and speak to any crowd, anytime, and know that you are coming across your very best and that people remember your message. Even better, they connect with you, feel inspired and want to hear more. If this is something that you would like to embrace, then it may be time to take action.
Women can be held back in their careers if they lack public speaking skills and the ability to communicate effectively. Being able to confidently lead a meeting, speak at a conference, moderate a panel, or clearly articulate your ideas to your manager is a necessary skill for career development.
Firstly, let’s uncover what holds many women back when it comes to public speaking. These five barriers are based on my own research in working with over 1,000 individuals to help them become more confident at speaking in front of others.
1. Fear of rejection
A fear of public speaking stems back to a primitive response: the need to belong. Humans need other humans to survive, and when we stand in front of a crowd, we feel the threat of rejection. Even though the danger of public speaking is perceived and not actual, it triggers our fight or flight response, and we enter a state of survival. Sound familiar?
2. Fear of being judged
As I mentioned above, we are driven by a fundamental need to belong. But we also want to be liked, and some of us are ‘people pleasers. I often hear clients tell me that they feel people are questioning what they are saying or even why they are speaking – although there is no evidence suggesting this is what people are really thinking.
As I say to my clients, we are set up for success when we work on our mindset before focusing on our skillset. Don’t let this one get in the way of sharing your message.
3. Aiming for perfection
Having a high standard and striving for excellence can be a positive thing, but it is unhelpful when it turns into a need to be perfect.
Until we can let go of perfection and concentrate on showing up to be our best selves, we will be held back. You don’t have to be perfect, you do need to be willing to practise and make progress.
4. Stuck in overwhelm or procrastination
I get it as I have been here too. You may be feeling any one or more of the above, and overwhelm or procrastination takes over, even though you know deep down that you will not be at your best with no planning or preparation. Start with the end in mind and start planning now. If you’d like a Free Speaker Checklist, then you can download it here.
5. Not knowing where to start or how to seek help
Sometimes it is easier to get stuck than to get started. If public speaking is not on your favourite list of things to do, it may be time for you to get the help you need. If you are considering working with a public speaking coach, there are some key things to consider.
Public Speaking is a Learned Skill
Public speaking is a learned skill, and I can share techniques that I have used to help over 1000 leaders to gain their confidence in presenting to others. The Speaking Savvy Public Speaking for Women Program is open for new applications. This program will help reduce your learning curve – with customised 1:1 public speaking coaching sessions, save you time – with an expert in your corner, and allow you to increase your earnings and make a significant impact by sharing your message and story.
With the right help, you can progress professionally with public speaking at the top of your soft skills set. And as a confident speaker, other soft skills will further develop, such as negotiation skills, and the ability to influence and persuade.
For years, women have been judged by different standards to men, and voice is one of those – ‘too high pitched, too soft, whispery, even ‘shrill and whiny’ are ways that I have heard people describe female voices.
If you are ready to step into your personal power as a compelling speaker, or if you want to enhance the sound of your voice, boost your confidence and speak up about the important things you have to share, then I am here to help you.
It’s not about being perfectly polished; it’s about finding that authentic space, one where you can show up without fear, own your unique style and be fully present and engaged with any audience.
During the program, we will focus on creating your unique message and voice so that you can confidently step into the spotlight and speak with credibility, turn heads, and change hearts and minds.
The Speaking Savvy Public Speaking for Women program is a four-month program for professional women*.
The program includes:
- 1:1 Coaching Sessions – 4 x 90-minute sessions tailored to your individual goals and needs.
- Group Coaching Sessions – each fortnight, we will meet online to share ideas and learnings and practise in a safe and encouraging space. We will hold each other accountable and commit to implementing our actions for the week.
- Books and Resources – You will receive copies of several books including a copy of The Art of Speaking and Storytelling plus additional books from my recommended reading list, and you will also have access to plenty of worksheets, resources and reading materials.
*The program is open to women and those who identify as female.
Applications are open for the next intake of Speaking Savvy Public Speaking for Women.
Let’s start with a chat over coffee, drop me a line to pick a time that works for you.
If you would like an on-site customised Public Speaking for Women program for your team, I can deliver half-day, full-day or multi-day sessions. Let’s book a time to discuss.
About the author
Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor.
She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations.
If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat. Download my new E-book How to Build Confidence and Overcome Nervousness.
Here’s how I may help you
My services include:
Business Storytelling Coaching – together we can get started to create your suite of stories.
Executive Speaker Coaching – if you have an upcoming guest speaking opportunity, funding pitch, conference talk or you want to be an outstanding speaker, we can work together on your technique. You will see the results after one session.
Tailored Workshops – I can come to you, or we can host a workshop offsite for your team. From half-day to two-days immersive, this customised workshop is an ideal way to kick start your business storytelling strategy and get the whole team telling stories.
Keynote/Guest Speaking either in person or via virtual means at your next conference or event.