49: Find Your Voice with Simon Day
I first heard Simon speak when I was attending a PSA (Professional Speaking Association) conference when he was taking part in the annual “Speaker Factor” 5 minute talk competition.
I was so impressed with his talk and performance especially when you consider that his content was about his fear of public speaking!
After years of suffering with crippling communication anxiety, Simon Day was left with two choices: spend his whole life hiding in the shadows and risk losing everything or find his voice.
Through a painful yet empowering journey of discovery, Simon has transformed from terrified teenager to UK award-winning speaker and communications coach. He now employs his communication skills as a middle leader in secondary education and works under his self-built brand, Simon Speaks, to coach others seeking to lose their fear, find their voice and speak with greater power.
Some key points from our interview
· How he was so terrified of public speaking that he left a job
· How he realised that everything was in jeopardy if he didn’t face his fear of speaking
· How the traumatic birth of his son impacted him and realised he needed to speak to a counsellor, which was one of the first times he opened up personally
· How he had to find ways to break through his social anxiety as he wanted to be a role model for his family
· How he recognises that now he’s found the words to tell his own story, he wants to help others to find their voice too
· How even though he may feel scared at times it doesn’t stop him anymore
You can get more information about Simon here: https://www.simonspeaks.co.uk
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"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.
Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.
She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.
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