On Getting Past Fears of Public Speaking: Lessons From a Potter’s Wheel

Public speaking lessons from potterySo, I recently stepped out of my comfort zone to have a bash at something I’ve always thought I’d be useless at – a pottery workshop with my missus (a birthday gift).

And I don’t mind admitting that my expectations were remarkably low. I assumed I’d be the sort who’d have clay flying everywhere and produce nothing more than wonky, misshapen, unrecognisable  ‘thingies’ never intended/destined for the light of day (or public view).

But, fortunately (and there was an element of chance in this), I choose a wonderfully talented and inspiring instructor (Hannah at Ballymorris Pottery – which is right beside Bunratty Castle in County Clare)…

…And that made all the difference in the world.

She managed to allay our fears of messing up (the self same fears that get in the way of honing public speaking skills) and helped us get to a ‘you can do this’ mindset.

And I liked her way of teaching so much, I just had to do a short interview with Hannah and share how her thoughts have application to those who want to give better talks too.

What It Takes to Break Through Comfort Zones

Lean in to hear us chat about:

  • How a helping hand can help you overcome “I don’t know if I can do this” and “it seems very hard” worries when you want to learn a new skill, and
  • Why a once and done training mentality won’t deliver results (but this will)

About Eamonn O'Brien

Public speaking master, Eamonn O'Brien is the founder of The Reluctant Speakers Club.

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