Dread speaking in public? Three things I learnt from being on stage at the Old Vic Theatre

Glossophobia - the fear of public speaking - affects 56% of Britons, according to a YouGov survey from a few years ago. It's the biggest fear for women and those under the age of 40, and second overall (behind heights, eek!). Although I'm reluctant to admit it, I'm one of the 56%. So, when I … Continue reading Dread speaking in public? Three things I learnt from being on stage at the Old Vic Theatre

A beginner’s guide to pitching and answering the question: “What do you do for work?”

Recently I’ve started noticing an odd phenomenon. Somehow six little words – “What do you do for work?” – have the power to make my confident and smart friends mumble, squirm and swiftly try to move the conversation on. I caught a friend in the act at a party a few weeks ago: "What do … Continue reading A beginner’s guide to pitching and answering the question: “What do you do for work?”