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From Fear to Flow: A Focusing Approach to Public Speaking Anxiety

Focusing Highlights is a series of interactive, online pay-what-you-can classes.

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Fiona O'Meara

The International Focusing Institute - Fiona O'Meara

Where & When

Online (Class will also be recorded)
Thursday, February 1, 11am-1pm
New York time

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Meeting Format
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Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 11:00am to 1:00pm New York time

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Live and Recorded

Class will be recorded for all registrants and available for viewing for one month.


When asked to speak in front of a group, what happens to you, inside?

You may have parts that really want you to speak. But you may also have parts that feel fearful, doubtful and self-critical, resulting in an inner tug of war that makes you feel miserable.

Traditional approaches to speaking anxiety have treated frightened and doubtful parts like enemies to be eradicated. True speaker confidence, however, does not come from denying who we are, but from including and allowing all parts of ourselves.

Through guided exercises, Fiona invites participants to get curious about what happens inside when asked to speak, and invites us to give compassionate company to what comes. She invites us to sense what it would feel like ‘if this whole thing were resolved’. We might sense how it feels to be a confident speaker, and in doing so, sense what could be stopping such confidence, and feel empathy for what comes. 

In another exercise, Fiona invites participants to get a feel for what they want to say. Many people get overwhelmed at the ‘creation of content’ stage, with ideas swirling around chaotically in their heads. Fiona will lead us through a guided exercise to help sense our way into creating content.

This webinar offers the opportunity to work with speaking anxiety, not against it, in a way that ultimately leads to real change. Some familiarity with Focusing will be helpful, though all are welcome.


We use Zoom videoconferencing for our online classes. In this webinar format, you will see the presenter and host, but you will not be seen. You will be able to ask questions during the webinar by typing them. Highlights presenters may at times invite a small number of participants to unmute or join them onscreen during the webinar (optional).

You will need to have a computer/mobile device. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred. All registered participants will be sent a link to the video recording approximately two weeks following the class. So if you are unable to attend the live webinar, you will still be able to view it for one month.


Based in Dublin, Fiona O'Meara is a public speaking coach and a Certified Inner Relationship Focusing Professional and Trainer, as trained by Ann Weiser Cornell, Barbara McGavin and Marcella Calabri.

Fiona is running a more in-depth course including skills training and the chance to present in front of the group. More details here: ach-to-public-speaking-2

She is also teaching a Path One in IRF here: eginners-path-1    Email [email protected] with any questions.

Registration Details

Fiona is offering this class to support The International Focusing Institute. This live online class is pay-what-you-can. The suggested payment for US residents is $30.

If you need to give less, that's fine, but we do require each participant to give something. Please give extra if you can! Thank you for supporting the Institute.

Refunds: A full refund minus a $15 administrative fee (regardless of the registration fee paid) for cancellations 14 days before the start date. Cancellations less than 14 days before the start date are nonrefundable.

Registration Policies: TIFI reserves the right to cancel, change and alter the program if necessary. Participants authorize TIFI to use their name, statements and likeness without charge, for promotional purposes in publications, advertising, video, web, new media, or other formats. Please note that the class will be recorded and may be distributed to a wider audience. By registering for this course with the Institute, and in consideration of the right and opportunity to participate in and contribute to the Institute’s classes, for the purposes of its control of all video and/or audio recordings thereof pertaining to uses serving our purposes and goals, in enrolling in this session you acknowledge and agree to the Institute’s ownership of all rights in such classes, including all rights under copyright therein.  In no circumstance shall any portion or clip posted or displayed exceed 3 minutes in duration.  If you plan to use, post or display any portion or clips of these recordings, including posting these to a website or to a social media platform or portal, you agree that you will seek and obtain the prior approval of the Institute.

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PLEASE NOTE: After registering, an email will be sent with the confirmation. If you don't see the email please check your Junk/Spam/Promotions folders.

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