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These are the words of Winston Churchill: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Which of these terms (pessimist or optimist) best describes you?
In my practice, I encounter individuals who often start out being pessimists when it comes to public speaking, even though research shows that on average most human beings are hardwired to be more optimistic than not. Many folks want to know where their fear or pessimism comes from and although that may be of personal interest, my area of expertise is about getting you results.
According to Psychology Today, most optimists are likely to see the causes of failure or negative experiences as temporary rather than permanent, specific rather than global and external rather than internal. That applies to public speaking as well and can be helpful in moving past whatever is holding you back.
Many individuals are seeking solid results although that requires accepting change, which may be challenging. My recommendation is that a prospect or existing client work with a professional speaking coach in an environment that feels safe to them, have realistic goals, and be willing to persevere. It’s quite natural to have setbacks, which is why it’s advantageous to start with smaller outcomes and build toward larger ones. Practice is essential and will ultimately make it easier.
When it comes to public speaking a great majority of your success is in your attitude. Anyone can learn this vital skill so why not you? It all starts with an outlook of hope. Together we can make this work for you. If that sounds optimistic, I’m glad to hear it.
Want to discuss this further? You can easily reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-664-6004.
Can’t wait to hear from you!