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Inspiring Talks

Inspiring Talks

In this section, you will find talks and articles by people who have either inspired me or my clients. Dip into the ones that are most relevant to you.

3 Steps to go from Anxiety to Curiosity using your Eyes

This is a really useful exercise by Dr Jud, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist. Remember it the next time you start feeling anxious.

Relevant to the Breakthrough Group or the Express Yourself Workshop or any of my other courses – depending on what level and type of anxiety you experience.

Overcome Your Fear of Speaking to an Audience by Learning to Have Fun

How to make stress your friend? Some excellent evidence-based advice on how to deal with physiological stress response such as increased heart rate and breathing and turn it into courage (in any situation, but for us that would relate to speaking in front of a group)  by Sarah Kay Poet Video

Very useful if you are participating in the Finding Your Voice or Charisma Course

What We Fear

In this hour, TED speakers explore what it means to be afraid, and how we calm ourselves down — or don’t — when we’re terrified.

This is relevant to any of my courses and workshops.

TED speakers on what we fear

Emma Stone: I started therapy for anxiety when I was seven

The Oscar-winning actress talks about treatment for panic attacks and being an “anxious child”.

In an interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on the BBC she talked about having panic attacks and being an “anxious child”. And about how acting has helped her feel less anxious. For the full article: see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41345667

Relevant to the Breakthrough Group or the Express Yourself Workshop or any of my other courses – depending on what level and type of anxiety you experience. It is encouraging to know that anxiety does not need to stop you from doing the things you want to achieve in life.

8 Secrets of Success.

This is a 3-minute talk inspired by a young school child. This is very motivating for reaching your goal/s and overcoming challenges. Particularly good if you are job hunting or struggling in your workplace.

The Power of Introverts

Susan Cain has been standing up for Introverts since the publication of her book. She argues that introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. She started The Quiet Revolution encouraging introverts to take their place in the world.

This is relevant to any of my courses and workshops if you are an introvert. You’ll find her book Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking along with other books I recommend.

How to speak up so people want to listen

Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Listen to Julian Treasure’s powerful talk on how you can achieve this in combination with the Finding Your Voice or Charisma Course – where you will be learning how to master these skills.

How the skills of improvisation can free us to be ourselves

If you are doing the I Don’t Know What to Say Improvisation for social confidence you will be discovering how Improvisation is freeing you to be more yourself.

Tom Lovegrove describes improvisation has helped people overcome anxiety issues and helped people with autism communicate. 

If you can’t see the Ted Talk click here

This article in Psychology Today reveals how new research is beginning to show that theatrical improvisation may actually help people cope with their anxiety disorders.

Psychology Today: The Improv Anxiety Treatment

On Vulnerability and Taking Risks

Brene Brown’s TED talk might strike a chord – on vulnerability and taking risks. Many of my participants feel extremely vulnerable because they experience shyness, nerves or anxiety- and this is uncomfortable. But Brene Brown shows us that when we step into the place of vulnerability by taking a risk, it can really work in our favour,

This is relevant to any of my courses and workshops if you experience vulnerability

On Shame

Shame is one of the key areas that affect confidence in quieter people. Do you dwell on your past disasters and failings where you embarrassed yourself? Brene Brown explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Overcoming shame is going to be one of the keys to building that Sunflower Confidence that you aspire to.

This is relevant to any of my courses and workshops if you compare yourself unfavourably to others. Almost certainly there is some shame involved.

I hope these resources inspire you to realise the potential that lives within you.

See the Sunflower Manifesto for ways in which we can support you to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.

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