How I Overcame My Fear Of Public Speaking And Did A TED Talk


I recently did my very first TEDx talk – even though I’m terrified of public speaking. Listen in to hear my thoughts on fear and moving through the things that are holding us back.

Watch my TEDx Talk here:


  1. I'm so glad I found your video! I watched this a few times before giving a presentation this week. I loved this and it really helped. Thank you for sharing your stories and experience 🙂

  2. Very powerful and honest opinion on how she overcome public speaking. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  3. Wow, this was so inspiring.. I actually just wrote my first book, too, and I've had invitations to podcasts and TV shows which have completely terrified me, because I'm also really afraid of public speaking. Your story has definitely helped me WANT to overcome this fear. Thank you!

  4. i gotta talk in a round table with 4 other people in front of 25 people, which is nothing, and here i am, terrified shitless lol

  5. Very inspiring and emotional – it was from the heart and you are a natural in converying your real self. Well done.

  6. You are the most inspiring human being. You are my role model, and I appreciate every single thing you do so much it's hard to even put into words. So, thank you.

  7. Hugely inspiring! I'm curious to know Rachel – do you think your regular practice of Yoga went a long way to helping you keep relaxed in the final moment? As well as your previous experiences of teaching to groups? I get that extreme terror when it's just an audience of 4 people nevermind 400, and am thinking of getting into teaching to help me gradually get more comfortable being in front of people

  8. Hi Rachel!!I hope you read this 🙂 I had been watching your media for about a year or 2- and you''ve been inspiring every time I see a post. This really spoke to me though. I saw this and your TED talk afterward- and you really sparked something in me to find my voice in Blogging/media. I have been so scared- but your faith to continue and your faith in leaping to speak publicly has helped me believe in myself. That is amazing. That you have found the faith in yourself to help others find theirs. thank you for all you do- and i hope u never stop. god loves you sooo much! You radiate Him. you really do 🙂

  9. I just had a presentation today. I was so nervous I practiced for 2 days
    straight. I knew everything but when I went in class I forgot
    everything. I started to switch words and I even forgot to show the
    powerpoint I was so bad 🙁

  10. This is really amazing for you. I just don't understand how you went from feeling horrible after to feeling on top of the world. I really struggle with this phobia but i push myself to do it and I'm told I do really well, I even won an award within my company for a talk I did but each time I do it I feel more and more horrible before and after the talk and I often don't even remember doing it. I've now just completely stopped doing anything that resembles public speaking but it's limiting me to much and I don't know how to overcome it, I've seen professionals and tried everything but it's getting worse and worse 🙁 Do you know why it suddenly changed for you?

  11. I watch your Ted talk – it was beautiful. I'm a yoga-doing pacifist and my husband is a soldier who is deployed on active service. We have had an incredibly difficult couple of years, overwhelming, but you calm me and remind me to be thankful, to be kind, to meet anger with kindness and be full of good intentions… to let myself feel rubbish if I need to. My son's father is very controlling and keeps dragging me through family court, it made me depressed and fade from myself… and every time I want to break down your posts, your words, you remind me that this too will give me strength. I can't describe how grateful I am for you and your book Rachel, for sharing all of your sides xx

  12. This video is extremely helpful..thank you so much rachel for sharing your story..much love..blessed be..

  13. you're so amazing Rachel. you just publicly spoke flawlessly for 17 min and 22 sec without even realizing it was public speaking. which completely validates your entire message, fear is only in our minds it's something we create. I love you, I needed this video and epiphany, thank you so much for sharing your fears with the world, you may have quite possibly unparalyzed me from mine.

  14. Omg, i got tears in my eyes when you finally said "I want to do this again". You are an inspiration Rachel.
    There can be no fear in the present moment.


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