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public speaking anxiety classes

Overcome your speaking anxiety and take your career to the next level

SpeakMeister is a comprehensive program for overcoming
speaking anxiety. Learn what causes speaking anxiety and practice anxiety management techniques in a safe group. 

The best first step is the Essentials course. Take the course anytime on demand. 

Comprehensive Speaking Anxiety Program

Practice
Clubs

Practice groups
facilitated by members

Desensitization
Laboratory (LAB)

Learn in tailored 1:1 
sessions and practice in
safe groups led by Dr. Mathews

Essentials
Course

Learn key concepts
with self-study videos

Who should attend?

If you struggle with any of these situations or symptoms, this program is for you.


  • Introducing yourself in a group
  • Being put on the spot
  • Expressing your opinion
  • Participating in group discussions
  • Being the center of attention
  • Speaking off-the-cuff (impromptu)

Situations

  • Taking turns speaking around a table
  • Performing in front of an audience
  • Speaking to authority figures (your boss)
  • Interviewing
  • Asking questions in a meeting


  • Giving status updates in a meeting
  • Giving speeches and presentations
  • Being evaluated
  • Telling a joke at a party
  • Selling your ideas
  • Suddenly being in the spotlight


  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Blushing
  • Voice quivering
  • Breathless or hyperventilating

Symptoms

  • Mind going blank
  • Losing train of thought
  • Dry mouth
  • Chest tightening
  • Throat tightening
  • Insomnia or trouble sleeping


  • Nausea / gastro-intestinal problems
  • Frequent swallowing / lump in throat
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Passing out
  • Diarrhea
  • Frequent urination

Speaking Anxiety Courses

1

The Essentials Course

Do you hate symptoms like racing heart, breathlessness, sweating and other bodily symptoms? Find out how to take control of your fight or flight response. Start this video course anytime (self-study).

Essentials: Overcome Speaking Anxiety

2

Desensitization Laboratory (LAB)

The Speaking Anxiety Desensitization Laboratory (LAB) is a comprehensive workshop where you learn and practice anxiety management techniques. Improve with one-on-one coaching and group practice. It includes a 1-year subscription to the Practice Clubs.

Desensitization Laboratory (LAB)

3

Practice Clubs

To overcome speaking anxiety you have to exercise repeatedly. It’s like going to a gym - you have to do the repetition. The Practice Clubs give you the reps.

Public Speaking Practice Clubs

4 hours
video content

lifetime access to
course content

Practice
clubs

facilitated by
members

Process
groups

facilitated by
Dr. Mathews in the LAB

1:1
meetings

with Dr. Mathews
in the LAB


Cheryl-profile

Dr. Cheryl Mathews

Coach and Program Director
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
[email protected]
(202) 670-1269

Early in my career, I had debilitating speaking anxiety and had to figure out how to overcome it. I know how painful it is—it put my career and life goals on hold for over a decade. Then I attended a public speaking phobia program that changed my life (it no longer exists). I went on to become an executive in major corporations and tech startups where I continually faced high-pressure speaking situations. In this course, I've pulled from my own experience and from speaking anxiety research to explain why anxiety and panic happens and how to get unstuck. No matter what level of anxiety you have, it is possible to get better. 


During the free 30-minute consult, you can tell me about your experience with speaking anxiety, and I'll explain the program and answer any questions.


"This was an amazing course"

I strongly recommend it for anyone who is serious about overcoming public speaking anxiety. Dr. Mathews walks you through a deep understanding of what causes public speaking anxiety, teaches you tools to overcome this anxiety, and so much more. I now have a plan in place that I feel confident will get me to where I need to be and most importantly I know that I’m not alone. I look forward to continuing to develop myself and sincerely appreciate Dr. Mathews’ kindhearted and no-nonsense approach.

RN // Military Officer

"The course was a complete game changer for me!"

My presentation at the conference went well! I was very calm during the presentation. I wouldn’t have even been able to imagine I could have pulled this off just a couple of months ago.
I am very happy that I did the presentation instead of going to extreme lengths to avoid it again. It’s very liberating to know that I can do it and I don’t need to come up with yet another excuse to avoid it.


NP // Finance Executive

"I don't know how but I was so calm the entire time! "

The interview went well. I don't know how but I was so calm the entire time! You were a huge help. I could not have done this without you. And.. they've just offered me the job. In shock! This was literally all because of working with you. I wasn't even nervous at all. Thank you so much honestly I owe it all to our sessions!





RK// Research Manager

"It is life changing."

 Today's webinar was a great success! I did 20 mins to an audience of 50 people. I also did a 10 minute briefing with no notes to a board member. This was the first time in recent memory that I haven't dreaded doing something like this with high stakes. All of what you told me is starting to happen. I am starting to realize the power and control you have in a presentation with pausing and the delivery in general. It was a very important moment today to do this for the client.  In all my career, I never delivered a presentation or briefing so comfortably. It is pretty incredible to actually see and feel progress. It is life-changing.




DL // Lobbyist

"The LAB was an invaluable experience for me."

It was something I had been looking for over the past year. I am glad I found Dr. Mathews and was able to attend her Lab. She is very committed to the participants and their concerns, and provides very useful guidance. During the Lab I was able to practice impromptu speaking, and to learn how to organize my thoughts, and how to control my levels of anxiety when speaking. Also, I received valuable feedback not only from her but from other participants, and this has helped me to increase my self confidence, and to develop more positive thoughts about self. I recommend this Lab very highly as it offers ways to become calmer when speaking before other people, and to enjoy sharing with others without having fear or a feeling of panic.


SD // Trainer

"Provides an insightful understanding of speaking fear and achievable steps for overcoming it."

The LAB was a wonderful experience! I was able to finally learn valuable techniques to help me better manage anxiety in a very safe environment.
I met others with the same challenges in the LAB and that made it a lot easier for me to relax and realize that we were all on the same journey and were there to help each other. Dr Cheryl was also very helpful in patiently guiding us through our sessions and helping us create new thought patterns. Also, I learned a lot from the feedback from others in the group. The feedback was so helpful.


After the first two sessions, I began to see my anxiety coming down through lots of practice opportunities I got in the lab. In one lab session, I gave a 5-minute talk and I was so happy because I knew I could do it.


Toastmasters is great but it was too overwhelming for me. The LAB however gave me a way to work on my anxiety gradually in a very manageable way. After the LAB, I am now confident that I have the tools to join a toastmasters group online to increase my practice opportunities.

Overall, the LAB was an awesome experience and I would encourage anyone who may be struggling with speaking anxiety of any sort to take part in it.

IB// Engineer

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