About Goddess Of Public Speaking
Hello, I’m Geraldine Barkworth, public speaking and confidence coach of Goddess of Public Speaking. Here’s a summary about who, why and what we offer:
The Short Story Of Goddess Of Public Speaking
Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of learning, knowledge and wisdom and some say, of public speaking. ‘Saraswati” means “essence of the self”. I believe authentic “public speaking” comes from within. Once connection with the self is re-established, then trust, rapport and presence with others flows naturally.
Easier said than done, I know!
With that same spirit of courage, truth and self-knowledge, Goddess Of Public Speaking specialises in working with people who are nervous about speaking in public and are seeking to free their inner speaker.
Clients range from from international CEO’s to mums running a business from home, and from librarians to bondage mistresses. What they share is a desire to make a difference. My gentle and positive approach is described as the polar opposite to most public speaking programs. I have created a unique blend of professional life coaching (inner work) and hands-on public speaking technique (outer work). This blend ensures the authentic heart and spirit remain in every speaker.
Since 2002, Goddess Of Public Speaking has provided confidential private coaching, corporate training and retreats for professionals in Australia and New Zealand wanting to speak, lead and live with natural ease and authenticity. We are based near Byron Bay, northern New South Wales, Australia and do much of our work over the telephone and skype video.
“ From childhood, I was often told: “You should be a public speaker.” My confident “gift of the gab” frequently inspired this well-meaning advice. Instead, I shrank away, feeling like a fraud putting on a performance. I created a barrier of anxiety and avoidance and often “pushed” myself to be something I was not. I had serious doubts about my value as a human being. I might have looked quite good on the surface, but if you scratched it, I feared there wasn’t very much beneath.
Scroll forward a few decades of inner work and I finally understood why traditional public speaking felt “so wrong”. I found a new way. I realised that every time I had a conversation with anyone other than myself, I was already “public speaking”. Wow. You didn’t need to be performing up on stage. You could do it at the dinner table.
I discovered that great “public speaking” is the ability to slow down and connect heart to heart anywhere and anytime. There is no separation; it’s just our beliefs and perceptions getting in the way. For me, this took an enormous amount of pressure off to perform and instead, just allowed me to be myself. With self-consciousness gone, connection flowed effortlessly and without struggle. I finally came home to myself. I can show you how to find that natural ease and authenticity for yourself. “
My clients are looking to work on their inner life so that their outer life is one truly worth living. As a professionally trained life coach, I offer my clients far more than just public speaking confidence and technical tips. I do understand the journey it sometimes takes to get to this point of working with a public speaking coach: it took me 6 career moves to find my vocation. So this means I also have experience in small business, training groups, career consultancy, recruitment management, sales and libraries (yes I know; hard to believe!)
Qualifications & Training Memberships
Results Coaching Systems International Coach Federation
Body Centred Coaching Australian National Speakers Association
Strengths Based Coaching Australian Institute Of Management
Cert IV Training & Assessment
Insight (Vipassana) Meditation
The Intimacy Of Death & Dying
Geraldine’s Speaking Topics
Geraldine Barkworth, speaking coach and director of Goddess Of Public Speaking, shows audiences how to physically and emotionally tap into their Inner Speaker by thinking on their feet and speaking from their heart. She often acts as MC for women’s business breakfasts and speaks at conferences and networking events and her topics include:
- How to heal speaking nerves.
- Women who are ready to roar.
- How to be a relaxed overachiever.
- The best public speaking tip I know is…
- How to think on your feet and speak from your heart.
- How to enter and exit without falling off the stage of your life.
- Tapping into body language to let your body to speak for you.
- Speaking and leading with presence and authenticity.
- Establishing trust and rapport within 30 seconds.
Geraldine’s style is described as “quirky, authentic, theatrical, perceptive and fun”.
Fees begin at $490 for a customised presentation. Contact Geraldine Barkworth to discuss.
" Geraldine’s energy, intelligence, experience & raw presence is an inspiration & purely enjoyable. ”
ANGELA HINZ, BREATHING SPACE YOGA