Roland Martinez (Public Speaking)
I've had problems with public speaking for the last ten years. As time progressed, it got worse and I started to worry about speaking at meetings and in smaller groups. Throughout the day, I felt apprehensive and didn't look forward to any meetings or events where I'd have to speak in front of a group of people. It negatively affected my career because I would only give short answers at meetings and wouldn't elaborate or speak up if I had something to share. I wasn't helping with projects and wasn't getting higher profile promotions. It felt out of control. If a meeting came up, there was no way to avoid it, so I just tried to get through the day. I didn't have control of where I was going with my career and I was consumed with thinking about what I was going to say in meetings. I've read books about public speaking to try and overcome it. The books focused on different techniques, but it didn't really work. I even took a public speaking class, but it was still a struggle and it didn't eliminate any of the feelings of anxiety.
I did an online search for phobia cures and I found A New Day Hypnosis. After the first session, I was able to calm myself and slow down instead of just letting it overtake me. I'm getting better sleep and I'm able to fall asleep much quicker. I feel more relaxed and I'm not as cranky. It's been easier than anything I've tried because of the coaching, the different tips that I've learned and different techniques. I feel more in control now. I speak up more in meetings and feel comfortable just throwing things out there and getting responses back. I can slow myself down and go through things in my head, so I'm better able to organize my thoughts. I'm also open to impromptu meetings at work. I'm conveying my thoughts easier and I feel more confident.
The biggest benefit for me has been a more positive outlook about going to work every day. Some people from our Dallas office will be visiting soon and I know that I will be presenting for them. I know at the meeting I'll be prepared and I won't worry about it. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to work on public speaking. The coaching is really important and reinforces what I'm learning. I'm confident that I have the resources I need to be successful.