Ep 154 – Overcome your public speaking anxiety with Olivia James

Uncategorized Feb 05, 2024


Do you experience anxiety or nerves when you have to present at an important meeting or give a talk? Why is that public speaking creates such a strong reaction in many of us? And how do we overcome those nerves to be able to perform at our best?

My guest today Olivia James is a Harley Street performance specialist and therapist. She treats professional confidence issues, public speaking anxiety and trauma.


As well as uncovering why we feel so anxious Oliva and I discuss some specific strategies you can use ahead of a presentation to go in feeling calm and how to deal with going blank or losing your train of thought during a presentation. I've taken some really fantastic ideas from our conversation and I'm sure you will too.


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If speaking up in meetings in general is something you struggle with then do ask your employer to fund you to attend our March Be Bolder course. As well as helping you become more confident generally and turn down the volume on your Inner Critic, we have an entire workshop dedicated to helping you speak up confidently and get your voice heard in meetings. Click here to find out more.


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