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Terrified of speaking in public? Most people are less scared of dying so you are not alone. This day is the friendliest most fun opportunity to explore speaking to small groups, a big audience or simply to stretch yourself. The perspective and preparation in this workshop will surprise you with its simplicity.
Why do you want to speak? To whom? What are your aims and intentions?
You may want the confidence to simply be more assertive in relationships, or to give an interesting talk to a small group or a full length speech to a conference. You may want to simply say what you do at business networks, promote your practice, or present an area of work you are passionate about.
If you are ready to take the plunge, Cathy will take you through stages of: assessment, planning, choosing what to say, considering your audience, anxiety reduction, public speaking skills. On this workshop you are required(!) to make many mistakes and bloopers, with permission to do your worst in a supportive environment: this is how we make learning fun and safe, and also how we learn that getting it 'wrong' can often be so right.
This workshop will give you a good confidence boost, an understanding of the skills of speaking in public, and a host of little tips and insights that Cathy has gained from several years of honing her skills. It is up to you to explore avenues in which to practice though ideas will be shared. If you have a topic which fits, you may even be able to participate in one of the events she organises or come on her radio show :)
Cathy's speaking experience includes:
RADIO AND TV DJ on Phonic FM Community Radio where she interviews local people with a story to tell. Over the years she has been interviewed herself on numerous BBC radio stations, Gambia's sports station, and for news items on BBC, ITV and Channel 4 regarding work and personal interests
CONFERENCES She started with two minute slots at BACP conferences and has worked her way up to giving specialist speeches and workshops for the BACP and ISMA Wellbeing Conferences
EVENT HOSTING Lady Luxe and Wonderful Women Sing are two of the large scale fundraising events which Cathy has hosted in recent years
MIND AND BODY FORUM Previously named as a Therapist Network, Cathy has supported and encouraged other therapists speaking in public to promote their work through this forum of short talks on particular topics.
BUSINESS NETWORKS Cathy has given talks at various local networks and is always well received. Includes Energess, Leading Women, and Business Network Southwest - see unsolicited testimonial here:https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathytowers?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
Also at various therapist networks including Focus in North Devon, Westcountry Association for Counselling (the last talk was so popular the room was packed), and is booked for Taunton Association for Psychotherapy.
Cathy's training has been with professional speaker Celia Delaney and Toastmasters International. When she realised she was feeling too stiff and formal, she joined an improvisation acting group to loosen up further. Public speaking is a craft to be honed forever and Cathy now frequents professional speaker events as well as improv.
Here is a short video Cathy made for World Speech Day 2016 about how she got started on public speaking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWpUw-R3uM0