His palms were clammy and sweat broke out on his brow. He felt hot and cold at the same time, his heart was racing and thought he was going to throw up.
No, Patrick hadn't come down with the 'flu. What Patrick was experiencing is called Glossophobia. He had been asked to speak at his daughter's wedding and the mere thought of it filled him with anxiety and made him sick to his stomach. He couldn’t let his daughter down, but he knew he needed help.
Many reading this will identify with Patrick, feeling the debilitating fear and panic that takes hold when faced with the daunting prospect of public speaking.
That was a year ago, and Patrick’s story ended well. He gave a warm and heartfelt speech at his daughter’s wedding, and with new confidence he now welcomes the opportunity to share his thoughts when asked.
Patrick joined POWERtalk Waitakere, part of a global organisation which has been running a successful programme in effective oral and written communication skills since 1938. He overcame his fears in a friendly, supportive environment, guided by the more experienced speakers in the group.
“People come to us for many reasons,” says Sheridan, a veteran member at POWERtalk Waitakere for nearly five years. “Overcoming a fear of public speaking, needing to polish up a presentation or lead meetings for your business or club, and even to gain confidence in English, like Mika from Japan who joined the club two years ago. It’s wonderful to watch their progress!”