Often people come to me because they want to be successful as a speaker. I had a conversation about this yesterday with one of my clients. He had feelings of anxiety and fear and lack of confidence and certainty. It was affecting his business because he was struggling to get out and do the networking he knew would help him connect with many people and ultimately support his business to grow. He also wanted to speak at events about his business and he could not envisage this because of his feelings and beliefs.
I believe that there is a certain amount of training and coaching and practice that is a must. However one of the first questions I ask people in this situation is “what does success mean to you?” It is generally not the same answer. Being clear about what success means to you is a great place to be. You can then set a very clear plan toward achieving that success.
The next thing to do is to take action. No matter how small this action is, at least it will have you moving in the right direction. Start small. FInd speaking events where you speak to small groups. After your presentation you will feel and be more confident. You have one presentation completed. You will have a sense of accomplishment and will be keen to do the same again. Can I suggest that you video yourself, watch the replay and give yourself feedback. Tweak what you need to and book the next gig.
Take more action and continue building the confidence muscle. Remember to take small steps toward your goal and take time to reflect on how far you have come toward the success you are looking for.