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  1. What can I do if I am afraid of speaking in Public?

    Guardian article on Fear of Public speaking

    The Guardian recently published an interesting article all about the fear of public speaking with lots of really great links to help and advice. You can read the full Guardian article here if you want to take a deep dive into all the advice. Here's some of the ideas that I think can really help you to look at speaking to a crowd in presentations, or even for something like a wedding speech.

    They make a really good point about how the most important thing is for a crowd to see that you are at ease. Nerves can be infectious, so if you look nervous the audience will pick up on that and become nervous too. It's not really the words that you are saying that is the most important thing. It is rather the way that you say them...

    "as any public speaker knows, the business of presenting to a large audience is a confidence trick: that is, a speaker who seems to be at ease will put their audience at ease. A speaker with a look of sick terror and a tremor in his or her voice will communicate his or her own baleful vibes of unease to the audience, and enter a vicious circle. A bad joke put over with confidence will get a laugh. A good joke put over apologetically will die on its arse."


    It is good to remember that in fact your audience are probably on your side! They want to enjoy what you are saying if it is a wedding speech, and if you are teaching them something they probably want to understand and learn something from you.

    The article also reiterates one of the most important things...Know Your Audience!

    "That old wine includes knowing your audience, seeking to project authenticity, using relatable narratives and humanising examples, and giving a speech a robust structure with a grabby opening and a memorable payoff. "

    If you know who you are talking to then you can tailor what you are doing to help you as much as them. You don't need to get hung up on the ins and outs. Write some notes up, maybe just a few cue cards. The last thing you should do is read all your notes out. If you can't read it as well as a presenter on Cbeebies doing the bedtime story, then it just isn't a good way to work.

    Be yourself, but.. “So often, people go to the podium and, for all sorts of reasons, pretend to be something they are not,” says Simon Lancaster (author of Speechwriting: The Expert Guide). “People are wise to this bullshit. Just be yourself (which sounds easier than it really is).” That means being the best version of yourself. Speak with notes (advised) or without them if you’re super-confident. But reading the entire speech from a sheet of paper kills the spontaneity (“Readers can’t be leaders”).


    My background is in acting and presenting. I spent many years with a daily BBC Local Radio Show, so if you are looking for some more help you can visit me and learn more about how hypnotherapy and other techniques can mean you can let go of the nerves and really enjoy talking to people.

    Once you learn that you can enjoy it you can find it's a really pleasurable thing to be able to do!

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  2. January is one of the busiest times of the year for any hypnotherapist who helps people to stop smoking with hypnosis.

    As the New Year rolls around and people's thoughts turn to new starts and healthy options in eating and drinking the idea of quitting smoking starts to form in more and more people's minds.

    How well does Hypnosis work in helping people to stop smoking?

    Well, it helped me a long long time ago for a start. When I realised how much easier it made everything I went on to find out so much about hypnotherapy that I trained as a hypnotherapist myself and have been helping other people to see the benefits of quitting smoking.

    It's a really rewarding feeling seeing how different people feel when they come to the end of their session with me. They suddenly realise that with a little help becoming a non smoker is something that can really benefit them with a lot less stress and hassle than they realised.

    If you really want to quit smoking the statistics show that Hypnotherapy is by far the most effective way to get help!

     

    • July 2001 – International journal of Clinical Hypnosis shows that Hypnosis achieves a 91% success record
    • October 1992 – University of Iowa conducts the largest ever study of smoking cessation examining 48 studies of 72,000 people to conclude that Hypnosis is 3 x more effective than nicotine replacement and 15x more effective than will-power.

     

    After a single appointment lasting about an hour and a half you will leave with a personal MP3 to help reinforce all of the work that we have done together. 

    If you are ready to become a non smoker you can find out how to book an appointment by CLICKING HERE

     

    You can also Email: [email protected]