Discover my public speaking life hack

I used to be terrified of public speaking. So what did I do? Start a business where I have to be on stage (of course)!


I believe the universe puts us into challenging situations on purpose. I think being pulled out of our comfort zones helps us to learn essential lessons in life, and most importantly, it teaches us valuable secrets about ourselves.


I would never have put myself in the public speaking spotlight, but in my case, I didn’t have a choice, really. If I wanted my business to succeed, I had to get down to it. That meant past myself, my reservations, and figure out a way to get good at public speaking because that would put me at a higher level – I knew it. I just had to figure it out. As Marie Forleo says: “Everything is figureoutable.”

So I learned this trick: DANCE TO STAGE.

Through reading or maybe a tip from a friend, I discovered years ago that dancing gets you out of your internal monkey head.

Does that internal voice sound familiar?


The one that tells you that you’re not good enough, and you will be judged? Cue the anxiety! Bring on the panic attack! I consulted members of my community and inner circle. One, in particular, Heather White, helped me tremendously. She is a fantastic speaker, coach and was the MC at our first Vancouver conference.



That’s why I share my stories so that others may feel less alone in their insecurities.



It worked, and I got better. I HAD TO DANCE to get myself out on stage in the first few years. It was lifesaving for me because I found people would cheer me on, and the feelings that popped up in my head were no longer harmful. They were the opposite, my internal voice whispered… “oh, they like me – it’s going to be okay.”


Eventually, I didn’t need to take this step to feel comfortable. I began to believe in myself more and practice made my fears subside. I am human, I still get nervous, but my performance memories remind me that I can do it! I actually look for speaking opportunities now if you can believe it!

What fears are holding you up? What tricks can you teach yourself to get past it?

I am Leigh Mitchell and I help you Brand your Brillance. Let’s chat and see if I can help you.

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