Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

This course covers how to make peace with nervousness about public speaking and instead start to feel positive about presenting in public. You will be welcomed in an overwhelmingly positive, happy, supportive environment, where you will learn to prepare physically and psychologically and perform unburdened by fear. Topics include a broad toolbox of proven strategies and practical techniques that you can take away, practice and use. 

This course is available face-to-face and in a shortened version live online.

  • Face to face (London)¬†|¬†Two days¬†|¬†¬£1,350 +VAT
  • Face to face (Dubai)¬†|¬†Two days¬†|¬†Media One Hotel¬†|¬†$1,590 +VAT
  • Live online (Zoom)¬†|¬†Two half-days¬†|¬†10:00-14:00¬†London time¬†|¬†$795

Also available on request in US / Asia timezones.

This course runs in English. It is also available on request in Arabic.

Course outline

Benchmark presentation

On a familiar topic, with PowerPoint visuals, filmed and replayed for individual performance coaching.

Demystifying fear of public speaking: how anxiety works (and how to tame it)

This module covers the psychology of fear and why public speaking makes many people feel anxious

  • Neurophysiology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Biochemistry

How to master your own fear by understanding your personal anxiety mechanisms

This module covers how to identify and modify the underlying thoughts, habits and perceptions that perpetuate your fear

  • Reinforcement cycles
  • Avoidance
  • Cognitive biases
  • How to mitigate them

Psychological toolbox

This module presents a range of effective ideas and approaches for thought pattern modification

  • Visualisation that works
  • Applying mindfulness and meditation
  • Practical positivity

Physical toolbox

This module covers how preparing your body can help your mind to excel

  • Breathing techniques
  • Stretches and physical warmups
  • Exercise, nutrition and physiology 

Refining and rehearsing

This module comprises workshops and individual coaching to adjust visuals and fine-tune personal delivery through practice and rehearsal.

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Meet your trainers

Following are some of the ISOC trainers who regularly lead this course, depending whether you join us in London, Dubai or live online. 

Trainer profile: Sarah Cocker

Sarah is a dynamic communicator with over 20 years’ experience in media, finance and business. Her international experience in banking, and as one of CNBC’s key anchors, makes her at ease dealing with leaders and experts from industry, government and academia. A skilled listener and coach, Sarah enjoys working with clients to help them define and achieve their objectives. Her coaching experience includes training blue-chip executives in public speaking and techniques for challenging television interviews. Her international career has given her an understanding of the cultural and working practices in the Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North and South America.

Trainer profile: Anouska Leibovici

Anouska is a senior corporate trainer with over 20 years’ experience in hospitality, sales, marketing and events. She coaches, mentors and motivates individuals to achieve their potential in a range of disciplines including interpersonal communication, management and leadership skills. Anouska also works with companies as a business consultant as an advisor on strategy, operational KPIs, process improvement, employee engagement and  HR issues such as skills, performance and training.
Anouska began her career managing sales, marketing and customer relations teams for loyalty programmes at leading hotels in the UK, China and Malaysia. Aas  Director of Operations for Hotel Dynamics Middle East she was responsible for 16 programmes and 400 employees. She has also served as Assistant Vice President for a real estate company and as Director of Sales, Marketing and Events for an events company, responsible for planning, budgeting, branding, client management and delivery.

Trainer profile: Felice Hawley

Felice is a versatile editor, writer and broadcaster with in-depth experience of economic and business news. During a 16-year career at CNN, she helped create and then produce the award-winning live business programme “World Business Today”. Moving to text, Felice became Managing Editor of Hoover’s Online Europe, responsible for a team of journalists. She later went on to launch several websites, intranets, extranets and microsites. She writes, edits and manages content for organisations including Transport for London and the NHS. Felice consulted on web and print materials ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

What you will learn

After this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the root causes and triggers of your public speaking fear

  • Deploy easy, practical techniques to reduce anxiety when it arises

  • Modify underlying thoughts, habits and perceptions that perpetuate your fear

  • Prepare psychologically for public speaking

  • Prepare physically for public speaking

Who should attend?

This is a Universal course, meaning learning and content are suitable for all kinds of people at all levels of seniority and experience. You will learn and practice in an overwhelmingly positive, happy, supportive environment.