I specialise in confidential 121 sessions to teach voice and presentation skills. More and more people are experts in their field, but struggle to get their message across. They know their subject inside and out, but when it come to presenting these ideas to a room full of people, they lack confidence and wish the ground would open up and swallow them.
I had the confidence knocked out of me at my primary school. It was in the days before dyslexia was recognised. As I struggled with academia, I compensated by becoming the class clown. This was not because I oozed confidence, but it was my way of fitting in and hiding how unhappy I was. I lacked self esteem and confidence. In secondary school they realised I had dyslexia, and knowing that helped with my school work, but it didn’t stop the feelings of inadequacy and lack of confidence.
From a very early age, the one area in which I felt confident, was acting and singing. My insecurities would disappear when I could hide behind a character. Believe it or not, most actors are deeply insecure and can only feel confident when they are “hiding”.
After school I trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was a professional actress for many years until I started a family. During this time, without the boost I got from acting, my lack of confidence raised its ugly head and made me doubt myself again.
Having gone through massive life changes, I grew to understand how to become more confident in my own skin, accept myself as I am and not hide anymore.
I have developed skills and strategies that I would like to share with others who feel they lack confidence and are looking for some help.
I’m not a speech therapist, counsellor or medical professional and nothing I say or do should replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
If I don’t think I can help you I will recommend you speak to a speech therapist, counsellor or doctor as appropriate.
I know that the techniques that I have learnt and used myself can be wonderfully empowering and I am excited that you are interested enough to have read this far! Why don’t you give me a call and we can see if my approach will suit you.