After 20 years of helping thousands of people become better communicators, I've learned what works and what doesn't. I've discovered the three crucial things people must do to become effective and confident speakers. That's why I created Say it with Confidence: To show you how to do all three.
1.Learn the RIGHT speaking skills
You don't have to spend your precious time learning everything about speaking, but you do need to master the few key skills that will help you succeed.
But skills aren't all you need. You've also got to deal with the self-doubt that stole your confidence in the first place. And to do that, you'll want to....
2. Develop a mindset that's an encouraging friend, not a backbiting enemy. You're going to need a positive mindset to do two big things: identify your personal right to speak, even if you don't have a degree or fancy titles, and to stop the tsunami of self-criticism that arrives when you speak up, and then stops you from speaking up the next time.
And doing those things is easier and more productive if you don't have to go it alone, so in Say it with Confidence, you'll be able to...
3. Share support and positive feedback with the class community.
In Say it with Confidence, you'll be part of a community of people, who like you, are working to be more confident and who want to help each other reach that goal. And the bonus is that paying attention to others' speaking makes you a better speaker.
Say it with Confidence will give you lots of ways to get those three essential elements: skills, mindset help, and support:
FOUR weekly online group meetings for live conversation, sharing, and support.
Resources like handouts, videos, and exercises to help you learn and grown between sessions.
Access to the instructor by email, video, and SLACK between class meetings means you can find advice and feedback when you need it.
An online community of fellow learners means you stay connected between sessions for support, feedback & encouragement.
Here are the 6 key speaking skills and mindset tools you'll find in Say it with Confidence:
Confidence Builder #1
Yes, you know how to breathe! But now you're going to learn how to breathe in a way that actually makes you a better, calmer, more confident speaker in every situation.
Confidence Builder #2
Find your right to speak.
You've got a lot of reasons why you shouldn't speak. We can talk about them. But in this program, you're going to discover all the reasons you should speak and why your voice is needed.
Confidence Builder #3
Make your point persuasive.
Being persuasive is not a mystery, and it's not hard to learn. In this course you will learn a few simple techniques for figuring out your message and packaging it in a way that influences others.
Confidence Builder #4
Use pausing and pacing for power.
"Pausing and Pacing" your speech, or "P²" as I call it, is the art of slowing your "words per hour' and increasing your pausing so that your words have more power.
Confidence Builder #5
Engage with any audience.
Speaking is all about understanding your audience so that you can speak directly to what they care about. You'll even learn how to engage and win over audiences that may not be your allies.
Confidence Builder #6
Focus on growth, not perfection
The right mindset is essential if you want to become a more confident speaker. That means you understand that your goal is continuous improvement. You are going to set small, achievable goals, learn from every speaking experience, suspend judgement, and keep going. (Just like every speaker you admire did.)
Course registration ends Sunday, March 13
Cathy, working with you was an invaluable experience. I most appreciate the way you made even the biggest challenges feel totally doable. Your personalized approach dug into the substance of my message and helped me craft presentations that really communicate. I never thought that I could make such strides in a short time.
Ellen Leuchs, Vice President for Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation of Western Mass
I have improved significantly in public speaking since attending training and one-on-one sessions with Cathy. In just a few months I have tools to be calm, focused, and prepared for public speaking with no pressure to be perfect. Cathy is great and so easy to work with.
Jackie Velez, Racial Justice Organizer, Jobs with Justice, MA
Hurry! Course registration closes Sunday! March 13
Hi, I'm Cathy.
I've helped thousands of people become more confident communicators.
But I used to believe that people were either born good at speaking, or born bad at it. Like me.
Then one day in a college Psych class, I was giving a presentation on Children and Fairy Tales. It was the usual disaster. Me: hands shaking, seeing two of everything (anxiety- induced double vision), reciting dry concepts while berating myself internally. Them: bored.
But at the end of my presentation, I told the story of Hansel and Gretel. Instantly, my audience transformed, and those "over it all" college kids fell under a spell, their eyes intent, like little kids at story hour.
And I changed too. My hands stopped shaking. My vision cleared. I was stunned. And also enthralled. I had stumbled on a way to spin a web between me and the audience.
That began my quest to learn what else I could do (besides tell a Grimm's Fairy Tale) to spin a web like I had done that day. I read everything I could about persuasion, watched countless TED talks, delivered a TEDx talk of my own, did stand up and improv comedy.
Eventually, I became a communications trainer and coach. And for the past twenty years, I've taught thousands of people, from the CEO Suite to the call center, from software engineers to sales people, how to speak, present, and writemore powerfully, more authentically, and more persuasively.
But I didn't just work with corporate types. I taught students at Boston University. I worked with women in jail, with activists and nonprofit staff. And everyone I worked with wanted the same thing: more confidence.
Over time, I learned how to help them to build that confidence, to know what to say and how to say it so that they could be effective, engaging speakers.
I created my "SAY IT WITH CONFIDENCE" course for people who aren't in the organizations that hire me. For individual people who want to become more confident speakers, who want to express themselves comfortably and skillfully, and maybe even have fun doing it!
And by the way, I was wrong. I know now that no one is born knowing how to create a TED talk or captivate the accounting department with a PowerPoint presentation.
You can learn to be a confident speaker. You can learn to spin your own webs.
Because if I could do it, so can you.
This course is for you if:
You want to get better at speaking at work, in the community, or at school.
You are willing to share supportive feedback and encouragement with the group.
This course isn't for you if:
You want to use the content for an interpersonal or family relationship problem. (Sorry, not qualified to help with that.)
You'd rather work one on one than in a group. (Let's talk about coaching.)