What happens at Speaking Connections?
If you couldn’t make Quiet's first Speaking Connections gathering in March, you might be wondering how it went, and you'll definitely want to know about future events! Because the best way to grow your confidence speaking, is to practise in a friendly space just like this!
So, what was it like?
To start with, there was tea, biscuits and quiet chatter amongst people who all seemed to find something in common. It was wonderful to see everyone looking so comfortable (I'm sure the warm and cosy feel of Cafe Chaos helps - it's the perfect venue for us!)
Volunteering to practise talks
Next up, Stacie and Caroline both choose to use the space to practise talks. Caroline spoke about the importance of putting yourself out there and having a go. She won't mind me saying she had a little wobble and almost used her pass card, but then found the courage to stretch her comfort zone with us.
Growing your confidence in speaking
What does Speaking Connections look like?
- We spend a little time sharing our best tips with each other. Maybe you’ve tried something that worked well for you before, or maybe you’ll do a little google beforehand. We decide on a topic to cover in the previous gathering so you’ll have plenty of time to think about this.
- You have a choice of activities to take part in that aim to improve your confidence in different social situations (and you’re very welcome to make suggestions to add to the list).
- If you would like to practice a talk with us, you can. Just let us know! You have the option to gain gentle feedback and encouragement from us all (we loved this at the first meeting! We each took home post-its from everyone with 2 things they liked about our talks and 1 piece of encouragement).
- It's a safe, supportive space where you can take your time (there's no pressure to participate). Want to simply observe the room and get a feel for the gathering before choosing to join in? Head to the ‘comfort zone corner’ with creative distractions; and of course, our ‘I’ll skip this one...’ cards that guarantee you a pass when you do take part. We want you to have as much choice as you need so you don’t ever feel out of your depth.
How do I get involved?
Hayley shares her personal stories of feeling shy, socially anxious, ‘not good enough’ and fearfully avoiding the good things in life. Growing her confidence through coaching, gradually stretching her comfort zone and connecting with others, she now uses everything she has learned to help other people grow their confidence in her role as a coach. Hayley is passionate about connecting people with similar stories and creating safe, supportive spaces to make friends and try new things. Hayley dreams of a time when all of the strengths, skills and goodness in ‘quiet’ is recognised and appreciated as readily as being bold, gregarious, and comfortable in the spotlight is right now.