Overcoming My Fear of Public Speaking

From Terrified to Thriving: 16 Years of Speaking Engagements and Counting

Don’t let this cheeky picture of a younger version of me fool you – I was terrified to speak publicly.

Yesterday marked the 16th anniversary of my first paid speaking engagement – thanks to Rick Lambert who mentored me and invited me to speak for an hour at one of his gigs.

December 1st, 2006, I gave my second paid speech. Jeff Page of Investors Group hired me to speak to his entire team about business networking. That was the day my coaching/consulting/speaking business – Elevate Seminars + Strategic Development Inc. – was incorporated.

No wonder I was scared. Months before that, I didn’t even understand that people got paid to speak. Given I was absolutely terrified of public speaking, choosing to serve audiences was not the logical career choice. Even so, I felt a tug on my soul that I needed to overcome that fear. It took years, but now I absolutely love sharing my message with audiences. I want to do that even more.

Since 2006, I’ve had the privilege to speak in front of tens of thousands of audience members. As I sit here with the sun shining through my window – I’m basking in absolute gratitude for the experience.

There have been MANY ups and downs – a lot of struggles behind the scenes and celebrations too. Everyone of them has been a lesson and led me to where I am today.

It would have been unfathomable to the young woman in this picture that so many people would honour me with the opportunity to touch their lives. 16 years – it’s surreal.

From the bottom of my heart – if you have ever hired me to speak, gave your attention as I shared from stage, been a coaching client, or even liked or shared a social media post. THANK YOU – it’s because of you that I get to do what I believe I was born to do -inspire others with a twist on typical advice.

I am so beyond grateful. And I’m just getting started…

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Welcome! I'm Allison Graham

Let’s face it – life is tough enough without having behaviour patterns that make life harder than it needs to be! 

That’s why I’m obsessed with finding ways to make the human experience easier by offering strategies for problem solving, dealing with chronic pain, leveraging empowering stress, and stopping patterns that create destructive stress. 

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