Public Speaking Courses in Melbourne, Victoria

Public speaking courses are commonplace in Melbourne, but only some are explicitly tailored to meet the needs of those who experience debilitating anxiety when participating in meetings and/or giving presentations.

Melbourne Clinical Psychologist, Catherine Madigan, understands that some people are more than just a little bit anxious about presentations. You have a social phobia and therefore you might be able to get a Medicare rebate for your individual and group classes by consulting your general practitioner to see if you are eligible for a mental health care plan.

You fear speeches. You try to avoid presentations. You may find an excuse to be absent from school, or work or university on days when you know you will be required to present to others. You might be self medicating your anxiety with alcohol or drugs just to get through the situation.

Catherine will meet with you one on one prior to the public speaking classes commencing to ensure that a course is appropriate for you at this point in time. Some people may require individual therapy prior to participating in public speaking classes. Fortunately, Catherine conducts groups in Melbourne throughout the year.

The individual session goes for approximately one hour and will explore what factors make public speaking more or less difficult for you. We also look at how anxiety affects your ability to present, e.g. Do you blush, sweat, shake? Do have difficulty breathing, do you mumble, speak too fast, fidget, fold your arms?

Questionnaires are administered and measures are taken so we can track your progress throughout the public speaking course.

The participants in our classes experience real anxiety so when you attend one of Catherine’s public speaking groups in Melbourne you know everyone in the classes knows how stressed you feel about presentations as they are suffering from anxiety too.

There are other public speaking courses in Melbourne which can also help you to become a more confident, polished speaker but these classes are specifically targeted at people who experience more than average degree of anxiety re presenting to an audience. This  course  aims to get you to the point where you can present without having a panic attack or experiencing a debilitating degree of fear.

This course aims to get you to the point where you can stand up, speak slowly, loudly, clearly, make eye contact with the audience and appear competent.

Many of our participants go on to to do other public speaking training courses to refine their skills and build more confidence. However, many people state that they had tried other  classes before doing Catherine’s and found that these other courses were not tailored to the needs of people with a  phobia, and therefore were too anxiety provoking.

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This article published on Dec 08, 2012. View related Articles

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