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Unique speaking with confidence course proven to overcome public speaking anxiety

Do you experience public speaking anxiety or stage fright?

You freeze up when all eyes are on you!

  • This could be speaking in front of groups, at meetings, giving presentations or speaking up in social situations.
  • You may experience panic attacks, stage fright, acute nerves or blushing.
  • Or are you constantly being told to speak up?

Want to free yourself of inhibitions and to speak with confidence?

Speaking with confidence in front of a group is an absolute nightmare for many people.

Particularly if you have a love-hate relationship with the spotlight, suffer from public speaking anxiety or stage fright, or you avoid any kind of situation when you’re required to perform.

This image pretty much sums up how many people feel. It feels as if all eyes are on you, watching everything you say and do.

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They’re all staring at me!

It was the kids that spoke up that got noticed

They were the kids that were singled out for special attention and positions of power, which eventually panned out into the rest of their lives.

And then there were the rest of us. Those of us that remained quiet because either that’s how we were. or because it was the only way to be in our families.

And now we’re stuck with it?

In our communication-driven world, more and more people are being required to speak with confidence: to give presentations, speak up in meetings, network, and to be more visible.

Finding Your Voice

The Finding Your Voice Course provides a safe haven for you to free up your voice, to overcome public speaking anxiety, let go of inhibitions and to find your true, authentic voice.

It is the only confidence course of its kind that works psychologically with public speaking anxiety, stage fright and panic attacks.

The course will support you in facing your fear of being in the spotlight – so you can overcome your nerves and truly allow yourself to be seen and your voice heard.

You will receive positive feedback from others so you can discover your true strengths. And breakthrough on any internal blocks, to claim your full power and magnificence.

The course is also a place where you will be able to uncover any vocal blocks and enable you to communicate with full power.

There will also be an opportunity to work on a specific area of difficulty that is tailored to your particular situation.

It is based on my experiences of being a shy introvert and what really worked in enabling me to feel confident in the spotlight.

More about my story.

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Claire Schrader speaking at the launch of her book From Wallflower to Sunflower

Different from most other public speaking courses

Finding Your Voice differs from a standard speaking with confid course in that it is designed for reserved and talented people who become so overwhelmed by their nerves that, in some cases, they are unable to function.

It is unique in that it is the only course of its kind that works to dissolve the psychological symptoms that cause so much stress.

These include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Breathing problems
  • Panic attacks
  • Sweating
  • Blushing
  • Brain fog
  • Stuttering
  • Verbal blockages
  • Self-criticism

We will be working through a unique creative process to dissolve the neurological patterns that are creating these unpleasant symptoms.

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A participant finding her authentic voice

Is this course for you?

This course is for you for any of these reasons:

  • You struggle with most kinds of public speaking situations. Or you avoid situations where you are required to speak at a meeting or in a group.
  • You want to overcome your fear/avoidance of being the centre of attention so you can be seen, valued and recognised by the people who are important to you in your career or personal life.
  • You suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, blushing, stuttering, brain fog etc when put under pressure to speak in a group.
  • You feel that you are unheard by others. You may be constantly being told to speak up. No longer the quiet one, you want to make more of a noise in the world.

You will learn:

  • How to present yourself confidently in an authentic way
  • How to speak from the heart without a script
  • Breathing and vocal techniques
  • How to develop stage presence and make a powerful impact
  • How to be more spontaneous and get free of your inner critic
  • What you are communicating through your body that may contradict your words and how to communicate a more congruent message

You will learn:

  • How to present yourself confidently in an authentic way
  • How to speak from the heart without a script
  • Breathing and vocal techniques
  • How to develop stage presence and make a powerful impact
  • How to be more spontaneous and get free of your inner critic
  • What you are communicating through your body that may contradict your words and how to communicate a more congruent message

After the course

We have a very high success rate from this course. By the end of the course, you can expect to find any kind of public speaking relatively easy and even enjoyable.

Most people tell me that they participate in these events after the course, without even thinking about it, and then are surprised to remember what they used to be like.

The Sunflower Effect Courses are proven to work

The Sunflower Effect Courses have worked for hundreds of gifted and reserved people, many of whom have been struggling to make changes for many years and report the course quicker and more effective than any other approaches they have tried.

You have nothing to lose as we also offer a 100% money-back guarantee.

What participants have said about the Finding Your Voice Course

Most of these reviews are verified on Findcourses.co.uk. Click the full review for a more detailed account of the participant’s experience of the course.

Achieving the impossible

Having tried multiple variations of therapy, most of which came at a very high price, I found Claire, the course and the group, one of the most effective ways to help manage my anxiety.

I find myself now, much more confident in trusting my instinct and knowing what to say…It’s been 20 years of dealing with a common thread of negative self talk so thank you Claire, for helping me shift something that once seemed impossible.

Tania Davies, Hospitality, verified review on FindCourses

The most valuable course to overcome my speaking fears

Thanks again for everything you have taught us over the past 12 weeks. For me, it has been by far the most valuable course to help me understand and overcome my speaking fears.
Lorna Good, Finance Business Partner

Lorna Good, Finance Business Partner

Brilliant for confidence in public speaking

Excellent course to increase your confidence and manage nerves in any public speaking situation.

The drama, acting and voice exercises gave me the confidence to take on new challenges at work. As the weeks went on, I stopped being critical about myself and started giving myself lots of praise.  I had some difficult situations at work and this course gave me the confidence to present myself positively and get my message across in a professional way.   

When the course finished, I continued to move forward on my journey.  Since the course I have presented to groups of over 20 people, I have chaired meetings and have delivered an hour’s coaching session to a small group!   

I would highly recommend this course.

Alley Williams, Project Manager, London verified review on FindCourses

Brilliant for confidence in public speaking

Excellent course to increase your confidence and manage nerves in any public speaking situation.

I decided enough was enough and I wanted to get over this fear of public speaking.   I was offered a new job that would involve making presentations and chairing meetings. This is something I had always wanted to do but this hidden fear held me back.  On the outside my peers would say how confident and relaxed I was but deep down I felt like a bag of nerves.

I didn’t know what to expect on this course but I was prepared to give it a go.  It was brilliant! The drama, acting and voice exercises gave me the confidence to take on new challenges at work.  

Claire was very supportive and encouraging. She made the classes fun and safe for me to act out the thoughts and fears that were preventing me from going forward.  

As the weeks went on, I stopped being critical about myself and started giving myself lots of praise.  I had some difficult situations at work and this course gave me the confidence to present myself positively and get my message across in a professional way.   

I started to realise that people were interested in what I had to say and respected my views.  As I moved out of my comfort zone and faced new challenges, I realised the anxiety and fears become less.  I felt relaxed in situations that I used to find daunting.  

I do not shy away from presentations now but feel more excited about doing them.  I still have the nerves but I can manage them and feel more in control instead of them controlling me.

When the course finished , I continued to move forward on my journey.  Since the course I have presented to groups of over 20 people, I have chaired meetings and have delivered an hour’s coaching session to a small group!   

I would highly recommend this course and will be signing up for the two-day workshop.

Ally Williams, Project Manager, London

I am not sure how I’ve accomplished so much

I have delivered presentations, hosted meetings, now confidently run my own projects  and have taken up the opportunity to be a business champion in diversity… presenting to more senior members of the business including my M.D. and board members.

I am not sure how I’ve accomplished the above, but it’s been a remarkable journey so far and I have Claire to thank for that.

Viola, Marketing, London

I am not sure how I’ve accomplished so much

Both the course and the 1-1 session have proved effective as I feel I have accomplished many things since. 

I have delivered presentations, hosted meetings, now confidently run my own projects (more than before but still working on it) and have taken up the opportunity to be a business champion in diversity, meaning I will be doing a lot of speaking and even presenting to more senior members of the business including my M.D. and board members.

I also decided to take up boxing as a sport but started off doing it in aid of Charity. This meant testing myself both mentally and physically. I performed in a boxing ring at a venue of 1200 guests.

Being at the centre of attention is not something I like, but with some techniques, I learned during the course and training, I was able to pull through and won my fight. This year I presented to the company my boxing journey, which was in front of at least 30 people.

I am not sure how I’ve accomplished the above, but it’s been a remarkable journey so far and I have you to thank for that.

Viola, Marketing, London

By the end of the course, I could tell I’d made a massive shift

Before the group started I was very anxious. I was wrestling with the desire to stay safe and invisible vs the desire to break out and fully participate in life.

The personal project was very powerful for me as it enabled me to approach difficulties I have had since childhood in a very different and empowering way.

I feel I have been released from an ancient detrimental belief.

By the end of the course I could really tell I’d made a massive shift. I feel like I’m a lot more authentic and accepting of myself with less feelings of being inferior and needing to hide my true self.

For me this course truly was a lifeline.

Elizabeth G, Designer, London

By the end of the course, I could tell I’d made a massive shift

Before the group started, I was very anxious. I was wrestling with the desire to stay safe and invisible vs the desire to break out and start making some noise and fully participate in life in a more authentic way.

I was concerned the other participants would all be a lot younger than me and I’d end up feeling worse than before! (They were all a lot younger than me on the whole, but I never felt I was treated any differently because of it.)

The most enjoyable thing about the group was trying out new things in a safe space with supportive people. I have a number of memories of powerful experiences from the initial breaking of a strong personal barrier and saying something in front of an audience in the first session to the personal project near the end of the course.

The personal project was very powerful for me as it enabled me to approach difficulties I have had since childhood in a very different and empowering way. It manifested so cleverly that it wasn’t until we were deep into the project session that I realised what I had created, but under Claire’s guidance I felt safe to continue and the insights gained were invaluable. I feel I have been released from an ancient detrimental belief, thank you!

By the end of the course, I could really tell I’d made a massive shift. I feel like I’m a lot more authentic and accepting of myself with less feelings of being inferior and needing to hide my true self.

Making a connection with my solar plexus has really helped this and it’s something I want to develop further so I feel ultimately strong in myself and unshakable by other people’s insecurities.

I am conscious now when I am in stressful situations that if I focus on my energy and bring it down to my solar plexus I handle things much better. If I know I’m going into a situation that might be stressful I use some of the breathing and centring exercises we learnt and I find they are very helpful.

The biggest benefit of the group for me is it has given me the tools and the confidence to move forward and I find I am enjoying myself more even though at the moment my life is a bit in limbo. I feel like I’m truly participating a lot more often and when I lose that feeling I check in with my solar plexus and do some relaxing, reassuring exercises/ activities.

I’m a lot less nervous about speaking up too. Thank you so much, Claire. For me, this course truly was a lifeline and I’m deeply appreciative that you do this work.

Liz G. graphic designer, London

Finding Your Voice Details and Booking

Date: September 26th – December 12th
Times: 7:45 PM – 9:45 PM
Venue: Magdalen Centre, Euston, London
Tubes: Euston/Mornington Crescent
How to find the venue

Cost
If you are paying for yourself: £ 395 which can be paid in instalments.
If your employer is paying for you: £445 (see booking page)

Booking your place

There are limited spaces in the course so book as soon as possible. You can book online through our booking system.

You are welcome to book an informal consultation on the phone if you’re not sure if this is the right course for you. Or, get in touch through the enquiry form below to express interest in the course.

Please note: it is fine to miss one or two sessions and still get enormous value from the course.

Next course start dates – see our calendar. Courses start January, May and September.

The course is limited to twelve people

This means that you will build up a strong level of trust with a small group of people who are 100% in support of you making a significant shift in your communication. This makes the course a very safe place to explore any area where you feel stuck. You will also be able to work at an individual level. Then watch the way you communicate transform in magical and unexpected ways.

The No Moves Money-Back Guarantee

We don’t want you to waste your money. There is why we offer a 100% money-back guarantee if this is your first Sunflower Effect course. This course has a very high success rate for people who complete the course. Every participant leaves the course feeling they have made a significant shift.

If you have gained nothing from the course, we will refund you money in total (less a small admin fee if you have paid by credit card). See our full terms and conditions.

Or you may like to consider one of these options

Introductory Evening

Curious about what it would be like to join Finding Your Voice? This Introductory Evening will enable you to have a taste of the course. Many participants do this as added insurance before they book their place.

Breakthrough Group

Shy, self-conscious or anxious? Many people choose to do this course first. Especially if they think they may be challenged by the drama exercises. Then they follow the course up with Finding Your Voice.

Speak with Charisma

Have you got over your worst fears of public speaking but know you could be making more of an impact? In this course, you will be developing skills of speaking with power, authority, and charisma. This course is designed as a follow- on after Finding Your Voice.

Express Yourself Workshop

Not able to join Finding Your Voice for a while? This can be a wonderful way of getting started. Many people do this workshop in combination with Finding Your Voice, as the more experience you have of the Sunflower Effect, the more progress you are going to make.

Still not sure?

It is very natural to have concerns, particularly if you’ve just discovered this website. You may have more questions about practicalities, want to know more about what it’s like to participate or want to understand more about how the Sunflower Effect works?

We are here to support you. The hardest part for many people is getting to the point of being able to sign up for the course. Half of the work of the course is overcoming your doubts, fears and natural resistance. If you’ve been battling with these issues for many years, or have paid out a lot of money for solutions that haven’t worked, you are going to have concerns.

There is a massive amount of information on this website – so please explore our Support Resources – but we also have this information on how to overcome nerves when speaking in front of groups.

Or write to us. We’re happy to answer your questions.

Finding Your Voice Enquiry

To ask us or tell about anything else if you’re not yet ready to book. We’ll be back in touch as soon as possible.

  • You can include here, too, any questions you might have or more information that you may need about the course.

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