Deconstructing the Fear of Public Speaking: How to Get a Handle on the Nerves Within

Wed, 15 Nov, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (GMT+8)
The HEAD Foundation 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 Singapore 058416

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Fear of public speaking is incredibly common and nearly everyone can suffer from this type of phobia regardless of demographic or age. There is also reason to believe that modern day lifestyles make this fear more common than it had been in the past. It can rear it is ugly head anywhere and at anytime.  The thought of speaking in public can leave us frozen with fear. It can also cause us to miss out on many academic, social, and career opportunities. Even though it is one of the most common fears shared amongst the general population, unfortunately these days few people have the tools necessary to overcome or manage their fear. 

In this insightful talk, Joanne will take you on a journey through physiological reactions, personal experiences and case studies. She will encourage you to think harder about what you're missing out on because of your fear. She will also give you some practical and proven techniques and strategies to manage your fear so that you can begin to take on public speaking with confidence, enthusiasm and passion.


Joanne Ford
Head of Learning APAC, BlueKey Learning

Joanne Ford is a facilitator based in Singapore and is passionate about the psychology of change. Her focus is
about inspiring change and driving business performance through effective communication, strong leadership and sustainable behavioural change. She has extensive experience in the areas of banking, business and education and has worked in South Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Her experience gives her a good insight into how cultural and language nuances impact effective communication within an organisation. She works with professionals of all levels and brings enthusiasm and energy to encourage renewed thinking of possibilities and potential. She empowers participants to challenge their boundaries and to redefine both their personal and professional spheres.
Prior to joining BlueKey Learning, Joanne has worked in Equity Capital Markets for a leading European investment bank and in various capacities within the education sector. As a facilitator, Joanne has worked with marketing, finance, operations, project management and sales divisions as both a group facilitator and as a one-on-one coach. She is also an experienced presenter and keynote speaker.
B.Bus.Sci. (Hons) Finance Degree – University of Cape Town, South Africa
B.Com. (Hons) Statistics Degree – University of Cape Town, South Africa
Grad.Dip.Ed.– Monash University, Australia

This event is presented by The HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think tank devoted to research and policy influence in education and leadership, for development in Asia.

Admission is free.

Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speaker in this talk are their own and do not represent the opinions of The HEAD Foundation.

Deconstructing the Fear of Public Speaking: How to Get a Handle on the Nerves Within

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