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Banish fear of speaking with intention says Billie Shepard

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Banish fear of speaking with intention says Billie Shepard

In this episode of People at Work, Billie Shepard shares some lessons from the world of acting on overcoming your fears and improving your presence.

Afraid of public speaking? You’re definitely not alone. Apparently 73% of people suffer from glossophobia. That’s a staggering number of people who shy away from presenting their ideas and sharing their voice.

Billie Shepard is an actor turned coach. She’s found a way to help business people use the benefits of actor training to banish fear and increase their presence. 

According to Billie, it starts with setting a clear intention. This helps you ignore the fear and stay focused on the task at hand. 

Although Billie’s presentation method was initially designed to help executives and keynote speakers overcome their fear, it’s equally useful in other leadership and interpersonal settings. 

In this delightful podcast episode, Billie shares her key tips for banishing fear and improving the quality of communication and relationships. After all, as Billie says, being afraid is just stupid!

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“Don't listen to your fear.”

Billie Shepard

Founder & Principal, Billie Shepard & Associates


Billie is a professional actor and acting coach, leveraging her acting experience and unique training and coaching methods into the business arena; transforming corporate speakers into influential leaders. Her clients include Facebook, Uber, Intuit, Rackspace, Lockheed Martin, as  well as many financial and medical research companies. To encourage others, Billie earned her BA at 50, Masters Degree at 60, and published her first book at 70.


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