Essentials Course: a beginner's guide
to overcome your fear of speaking
Understand how and why the speaking anxiety happens, learn techniques to overcome your fear and take your career to the next level
Learn on your own time
of video lessons to watch
to course, private groups
Dr. Cheryl Mathews
Who should attend?
If you struggle with any of these situations or symptoms, this course is for you.
What you'll learn
- Overview of the course
⁃ Assess your anxiety level in different situations
⁃ The causes of public speaking fear
⁃ Your nervous system's automatic fear response
⁃ How Sensitization works
⁃ How Anticipatory Anxiety Works
⁃ How your nervous system's automatic relaxation response works
⁃ Stages of fear: First fear and second fear
⁃ How to manage first fear and second fear
⁃ How a phobia develops
⁃ The Law of Habituation and how it works
⁃ How your specific self-talk contributes to fear and how to change it
- Common myths
⁃ Common pitfalls to avoid
⁃ How to practice successfully: There is a right way to desensitize and a wrong way.
⁃ Schedule a free 30-minute consultation with Dr. Mathews to discuss next steps tailored to your situation
⁃ Ways to start practicing the right way
Here's the kind of
stuff you'll learn
Your nervous system played a trick on you.
I'll show you how to retrain your automatic fear response.
Meet your coach
Dr. Cheryl Mathews
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
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.
What students say
"Helped me reduce my anxiety. Dr. Mathews assessed my personal situation."
I was struggling with anxiety during work presentations. In addition to everything I learned in the course, Dr Mathews provided a free 30-minute consultation. She gave an honest assessment of my speaking anxiety then provided resources to help me further improve.
Jamal // Software Developer
"I recommend it to anyone with career-limiting anxiety."
This course is a terrific place to start toward conquering, what for many, can be career-limiting anxiety. As you move into leadership positions, you'll have to present in high-pressure situations. The course gives you the knowledge and steps to get there.
Chris Mason // Leadership Dev Exec
"I used information from the course immediately in my job."
This course is a fantastic place to start and build momentum toward overcoming this fear. It was the confidence boost I needed to get the ball rolling after neglecting to pay attention to this fear for 15+ years.
Aidan M// Instructor
Goal: Host educational seminars
"How to train your body and mind to be less fearful"
This is the most comprehensive and approachable exploration I've seen of the origins, remedies, and actions you can take to address speaking fear. Whether your fear is speaking with big groups or small, it teaches a nice theoretical and practical basis to reduce fear.
Robert Rich // Executive
"I highly recommend this course to anyone with anxiety, stress or panic in speaking situations."
This course will give you a fundamental understanding of what's happening in your mind and body and how to begin to overcome it. Some of these concepts had never occurred to me in a clear and scientific form.
Chaz // Software Developer
"Provides an insightful understanding of speaking fear and achievable steps for overcoming it."
The combination of clear teaching, helpful graphics, short learning segments, interactive feedback, and the opportunity to practice creates a powerful learning environment.
Bev Van Kampen // Executive
For $35, you'll get lifetime access to the course and to private groups and forums.
Yes. Once you purchase the course, you’ll receive an email with a link to start the course. You’ll also get access to your courses from the left navigation panel.
The course is made up of approximately 30 videos that typically last 1-2 minutes each (total duration ~40 minutes). With the interactive exercises, the course will take a few hours to complete.
No, you don't have to take the course in one sitting. You can pause, stop and start the course at any time. You can exit the course and come back to it later.
Modern computers have everything you need. You’ll need a computer or tablet with a browser and an internet connection. You may want to use headphones to listen to the videos.
We do not offer refunds because, once you buy the course, you have access to all of the content and proprietary materials.
I recommend the Essentials Course and the Desensitization Laboratory (LAB). You need three things to improve: Information, personalized coaching tailored to your situation and supportive group practice where you can experiment with new anxiety management techniques. The Essentials course lays the groundwork with critical information and it works with the LAB to provide the personalized coaching and safe practice necessary to overcome high speaking anxiety and/or panic attacks.
Overcoming high speaking anxiety takes time because the fear center in your brain is programmed to believe that speaking is dangerous. It takes time for the fear center to trust that certain speaking situations are safe.
Most participants in the SpeakMeister program see a 50% reduction in their fear after completing the Desensitization Laboratory (LAB). Then there is continual progress at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. It’s like going to the gym to improve your physical fitness - it requires practicing the right way over time to make progress.