“Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.” – Mary Kay Ash
- I wonder, how do you relate this quote?
- How do you reflect on these words in relation to your own life?
- Do you think it is important to search, find and live your truth?
Speaking of living your truth, the following is a snippet from an interview I had with Gail Forrer, Noosa News (Sunshine Coast). The questions Gail asked me, you could also ask yourself. When you can go from feeling stuck to getting clear on your direction and developing your passion and strengths, you won’t be “dying with your music still unplayed”.
To live your truth is key to creating a better world
This is how Ultimate Speaker and the 9-Steps to Ultimate Speaker training system, with the help of my mentor, evolved.
Curious to know more? Read on….
Community Conversations with Gail Forrer, Noosa News
After searching, finding and living by her own truth, Kim Taylor is walking the talk with her own business- public speaking.
Firstly Kim can you describe your work for us ?
There are a lot of people who struggle with a fear of public speaking in their professional and/or personal life. I’ve developed a comprehensive 9 Steps to Ultimate Speaker training system, which helps people overcome their fears and communication skills so that they feel confident, calm and successful wherever they need to speak. Clients can work with me either one on one or through one of my group trainings, such as, Ultimate Speaker Circle.
What are the main reasons that people come to you to improve their speaking?
Clients come for different reasons. Some come to build their confidence for networking, speaking engagements and presentations. At the other end of the scale, Clients come to me to help them create their workshops and keynote talks. My system caters for all of this.
The fear of public speaking is recognized as being greater than the fear of death. What are the top speaking fears that people experience?
There are some very real fears of public speaking. The top ones include:
- fear of looking foolish
- fear of not knowing what to say
- fear standing up in front of a group
- fear of not having anything interesting to say
- fear of what others are thinking and being judged
- fear of not knowing how to articulate what they want to say
- fear of not being engaging or interesting enough for their audience
Whether you want to stand up and speak at a network meeting or improve speaking skills for work, if fear gets in the way of you achieving that, then this is going to stop you reaching your dreams and goals.
At what point did you decide to try something different with your life?
The turning point came when my husband, Chris, overcame his brush with cancer. He had a high-grade aggressive form of Non-Hodgkinson lymphoma in his abdomen. Our entire life felt like it had been turned upside down because his condition was so serious. After his radical treatment, which took place over an intensive 6-month period, I felt it was time to reassess our future. We all have a lot of things happening in our lives. It’s in the times that life throws challenges at us, that we need to prioritize and choose what is important.
What was the motivating factor?
I knew I was meant to do something more. I remember flicking through a Wellbeing magazine and I saw an advertisement from The Coaching Institute in Melbourne. I thought to myself “that’s what I want to do!” That was the day I discovered Neuro Linguistic Programming and coaching. I identified where my priorities lay so that I could help others find what is important to them. This is how my coaching journey began.
How did you go about achieving your own change?
I did a lot of self-development to overcome my fears and move forward. I believe it’s about taking action and continuing to learn, grow and develop. This approach took me to a certain level. Then I realized I needed someone to help me get to the next level.
Why did you decide to engage a personal coach and mentor?
A skilled coach and mentor sees your potential and helps you recognize this within you. My mentor’s belief in me, her skill and the fact that she had walked a similar road made it so much easier to move forward. She helped me become clear on my message, find my voice and communicate this into the world. The difference working with a coach is she cared for my needs on an emotional, mental, physical and spiritual level. With my new awareness, I realized I wanted to help people find their voice, speak from their heart and share their message.
Do you have a mantra you live by? If so, can you share it with us?
My personal favourite is –
Remember to Speak from Your Heart and Share Your Message
Based on your own personal experience and your experience working with professionals to help them speak from their hearts and share their messages, what matters most to you?
It matters to me how we contribute to the world ecologically and for the greater good so that we can create a more giving world. My dream is for a world that is abundant, authentic and full of integrity.
We can’t create this if we are living in a place of fear within ourselves and feeling too fearful to be our true selves. It’s about helping people overcome those fears, find their voice and discover their special gifts so that they can speak from their heart and share their message
Sharon Pearson (The Coaching Institute, Melbourne) shared similar words of wisdom from a quote she found.
“Those who work with the elderly report that at the end of life, the most common regret is not over what we did, but what we failed to do: the chance not taken, the business not started, the invention not patented, the dream not followed, the talent not nourished, the novel not written, the product not tested, the trip not taken, the apology not offered – so much music that died, bottled up inside us, because we were too timid to let it out!”
“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash