Off the Cuff - Find your inner speaker!
Fear of public speaking is the most common of all phobias. It's called ‘Glossophobia’ and is a form of performance anxiety or social phobia. When faced with the situation of having to deliver a presentation, making a speech, job interviews or feeling confident to speak up in a group of people, can strike panic and fear in even the most confident person.
Over time, people will try to protect themselves by either avoiding public speaking or by struggling against speech anxiety. Many will pass up promotions at work and assignments which would require speaking. The fear of public speaking may even lead people to choose a career that doesn't call for public speaking, rather than one they want. This is often the case with people who have feared public speaking from a very young age.
Our full course aims to ‘break this vicious cycle’ by breaking down the barriers of fear related to public speaking. However, this is only a three-hour taster session which will give participants an insight and opportunity to experience how a combination of hypnotherapy, public speaking coaching and practice can reduce fear and affect change. The session is interactive with fun exercises throughout to encourage participation leading to an increase in confidence.
Ita McErlean and Angela Bonnar are independent therapists who have come together to work in collaboration on this unique course. Coming from professional backgrounds they bring a combined thirty years of expertise and skills of working and communicating with the public.
Ita has worked in the charity sector for over twenty years lobbying the Executive Government to affect change on issues that affect quality of life and confidence. She specialises in coaching personal empowerment; leadership; employee engagement; and in particular public speaking. Her powerful intuition blended with her strong communication skills gives her the ability to shift perspective to allow others to successfully craft and bring their ideas to light. Ita has previously been a member of the Belfast Toastmasters Club from 2011 to 2014 and completed training to advanced level. She has extensive training and experience of working at a national level with the media and has appeared on television news slots, radio, national papers.
Angela is a Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapist trained by the world renowned therapist Marisa Peer. She is also a qualified life coach, NLP and EFT practitioner. She specialises in confidence issues, helping men and women to improve the quality of their lives and freeing them from destructive habits which hold them back from reaching their full potential.