About Goddess Of Public Speaking
Specialised Coaching & Training
Welcome! Goddess of Public Speaking is a specialised coaching and training service run by speaking coach Geraldine Barkworth since 2002.
I mostly work 1:1 via skype, locally and globally as I’ve found the online service offers greater flexibility, privacy and convenience. My clients need brilliant interpersonal communication skills to promote, sell or share ideas, products or services. And to speak authentically without the “hard sell.”
Goddess of Public Speaking is physically based in Brunswick Heads, 15 minutes north of the famous town of Byron Bay, far northern NSW, Australia. Clients who prefer to work with me in person are welcome to drive or fly and stay locally in Brunswick Heads, a small seaside town of character and coffee shops.
We’re Different Because
We dance to a different beat. Goddess of Public Speaking works not only with your mind, but with your body and emotions to demystify and rewire you a new relationship to this ancient art of “public speaking.”
The communication style I favour is described as: conversational, authentic, relationship-focused, present and presence, celebrates uniqueness, powerful, compelling and above all, real. Trust and connection flow effortlessly from this style of speaking. We also appreciate the values below:
Growth toward wholeness, personal character, self-knowledge, emotional intelligence, creativity.
True to one’s self, genuine, real, trustworthy, credible, instinctual, natural, powerful. Presence.
From the Japanese: “beauty is in the imperfection”, embracing flaws, acceptance of self and others.
Less is more, knowing what is important, slowing down, decluttering, honing, simplicity.
In the moment, the zone, the present. Relaxed, mindful, peaceful, meditative, connected.
Hi, I’m Geraldine Barkworth.
I’m the public speaking coach, trainer and voice of Goddess Of Public Speaking. Professionally, I’m a trained coach and have worked with hundreds of people to shift from fear to fabulous. And personally, I enjoy the simple pleasures of life: arranging flowers from my garden, dancing, dark chocolate anything, playing with words and ideas, meditation retreats, vintage jewellery and I volunteer in palliative care. My husband and I live in seaside Brunswick Heads in a lush garden.
I Do Understand
I do understand fear and anxiety well, especially in relation to showing your real self. While I’m not nervous about the technical act of speaking in front of people, I’ve often felt anxious about not having anything of value to say. I also suffer general anxiety from time to time. I’ve turned what I’ve learned into finely-tuned techniques to help my clients find their authentic voice, confidently stand their ground and craft meaningful words that make all the difference in memorable presentations.
Two of our deepest fears are to not be truly seen and heard and the flipside, to be truly seen and heard. It’s easy to paste on a veneer and look good on the outside. That’s what many standard public speaking courses offer. However, it’s the “inner life that makes the outer life, one worth living.” And that’s what Goddess Of Public Speaking offers you. Read about our Clients’ experiences.
You are welcome to contact me with any questions about what you need and how I might be able to help you.
"Follow Your Heart But Take Your Brain With You"
We Are Here!
Geraldine has discovered a “way”, a “door” for us to enter into in this competitively crazed world and allow softness, genuineness to inherit the earth.
There is a real process involved of techniques and exercises and it all works. Geraldine is an expert at what she does and she applies her craft in a very personalised, professional and thorough manner. In my business I am paid to negotiate and the skills that Geraldine helped me develop and hone have improved me as a professional negotiator and also as a person.
Geraldine not only walks the walk, but she can talk the talk!
After two years, I still put Geraldine's fabulous tips to work when I feel the onset of nervousness at speaking. A lovely person, Geraldine is creative in her approach but very skilled at targeting her training to meet your individual needs. So whether you need to know how to introduce yourself, your business or give a full-on speech, Geraldine is your coach.
Geraldine has professionality with personality!
Geraldine broke down the fear of public speaking into a series of physiological reactions. This made me understand I am made of the same stuff of already successful public speakers. I am more aware of my body language and the helpful signals my body sends to my brain when speaking. I am speaking more confidently in every situation.
OMG I found my voice! I don’t want to cry when standing up in front of a group and my voice doesn’t quiver anymore. I feel so much more confident, free and might I say I’m learning to enjoy the experience!
Geraldine is one of those rare people who subtly changes lives. Her dynamic and thoughtful approach to her work is always aimed to bring out the very best in all of her participants and that's always what happens! It is delightful to be a participant and watch everyone in the group blossom. Her life coaching skills are first rate… completely changed my life step by step and taught me fabulous skills I use regularly.