Find Your Voice

Toastmasters...

Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and Gain the confidence to express your thoughts and feelings in front of any audience, any time.

Have you been thinking about stepping up and mastering public speaking?

Maybe with a mixture of fear and excitement?

Has something been holding you back?

I know how you feel!

What I wanted more than anything was a CURE for my fear of public speaking…

I just had no idea where to find it (until now!)...

If that sounds like you...

This “discovery” is so powerful, not only does it give you the courage and confidence to speak to any audience, at any time, in any environment… It also instills in you the power to influence large crowds wherever you go.

Think of how this could affect the relationships in your workplace… with your boss, your employees, your team members, vendors, neighbors, parents, kids… even whole communities!

On a smaller scale, imagine being able to clearly compel the right clients to buy your offerings, to get your boss to listen up and gladly give you that raise, to have your friends and family honor and cherish your words on the deepest level…

Nothing is more exhilarating and rewarding than getting a large group of people to rise up and take action specifically because they heard your VOICE.

I can't wait to share this discovery with you that changed my life forever...

(It changed my life BIG-TIME, and I'm sure it's going to work for you too!)

But first, let’s talk about the year 1924...

That date ring a bell?

This was the first year that Airmail was publicly introduced in America.

What a concept!

Yep, Airmail…..

Before then, messages would take months, in some cases half years to be delivered in an inefficient, unreliable manner.

With the advent of airmail in 1924, it only took a few weeks to spread your message to friends, family and loved ones.

Airmail was such a NEW innovation that it practically shook the world.en

Now flash forward to present day…

We’ve created many more innovations that have built on and exponentially increased this new speed and ease of communication.

Think of email, text messages, instagram, snapchat… and FACEBOOK.

Now, even though having to handwrite messages, go to the post office, and wait DAYS for the mail to be delivered was actually Cutting Edge back in 1924…

But… relying on airmail today is kinda an outdated means of communication.

Yup, we really have made progress as a species since 1924…

Know what else was created in 1924?

This was the only thing I could think of as I sat in my bed, surfing the web two years ago…

I needed a real solution to get my public speaking problem figured out…

I didn’t want to rely on the same old-school, outdated, nearly obsolete techniques that were developed almost a century ago for a different generation…

Introducing Me, Chris 🙂

Hi, I’m Chris Hay.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been equal parts fascinated and terrified of public speaking…

But it wasn’t until recently that this actually came to a head for me…

In my previous career, I remember going to conferences and events and being inspired by how confident the speakers all seemed…

The way the the best of them seemed to own the stage… they seemed so clear on what they had to say… like they had it all figured out.

At that point in my career, I simply couldn’t imagine being up there with them… I guess mainly because I lacked the confidence, but also…

I didn’t even know what I would speak about if I was to take the stage!

I wasn’t passionately engaged in my career at that point and I didn’t feel like I had a ‘message’ to get out there.

The need to face my fears just ended up laying dormant for the next few years.

Little did I know, everything was about to change…

My fears were racing up to face me faster than I could have ever expected.

For the previous 7 years I had been building a property management business, which, to be honest, I’d really come to hate, and so I was super excited about selling.

Eventually, the business sold, and I took off for a month to Bali to relax and celebrate the sale.

Finally I had arrived at my goal… I achieved a good sale price and had more cash in my account than I had ever experienced before…

I was sitting on the beach in Bali, cocktail in hand, watching the most beautiful sunset… And so everything should have felt great, right?

I felt completely empty… and totally lost.

My sole focus for the last several years and been building my business up and getting ready to sell it…. now it was gone, and I had no idea about what I wanted to do next….

Except for one thing – when I started my real estate business, I had really only been thinking about it from a place of “what would be a good business to make money”….

I decided right then that whatever I did next would have to be about more than making money...

It would have to be about genuinely helping people and having some kind of bigger positive impact in the world.

Fast forward a month or so, and I’d managed to gatecrash my way into an event for high level ‘social entrepreneurs’ (business owners focused on using their businesses to actually solve some of the big issues in the world).

The place was packed, there was probably at least 100 people there all together.

I was ecstatic to be there, surrounded by such an epic group of high level, forward thinking entrepreneurs… people who I really respected and aspired to be like.

Just then, my worst nightmare happened...

The facilitator announced that we would have to stand up and introduce ourselves!!!

We had to say who we are, what we do, and something ‘funny’ or ‘interesting’ about ourselves… my heart jumped into my mouth…

Not only would I have to admit to a group of strangers that I was ‘between careers’ – still trying to figure out who I was, and what I wanted to do with my life – I also had to try to come up with something ‘funny’ or ‘interesting’ to say about myself….

I was ready to die… I wished I could have just vanished in a puff of smoke.

Unfortunately, not being a magician, I was stuck in that room...

And as the people took their turns and the line got closer to me, I could feel my legs starting to shake before I’d even stood up…

My mind was racing, but going nowhere at the same time – I was completely drawing blank on what I was going to say when it was my turn.

As it reached my table I wanted to scream… to cry and run away…. When it was finally my turn, I shakily took to my feet…

My mouth was so dry with fear I could hardly open it…

I mumbled something illegible about how I was “between careers and still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life” and how “the only funny thing about me is that there’s really nothing that interesting….”

I sat down…. Devastated….. Broken… Determined to never let this happen again….

So I knew that I needed to get his area handled in my life…

This ability to speak confidently, to know myself at a deeper level, and to share a powerful message.

But what message did I have?

Could I really be good at this?

I heard about Toastmasters through an old friend (to clarify… this was actually a new friend I met who happened to be OLD, 76 years old to be exact).

My friend said that toastmasters had done wonders for his confidence back in the day, and that he even gave a few good speeches through it.

I tried it for a about six months… and here’s how it went down…

Finally, I picked up the phone and called my local Toastmasters club...

But alack and alas, I ended up having to play phone tag for several days before I finally managed to connect with the group manager.

He told me that the local Toastmasters club was on the other side of town and only runs at 7am on a Friday…

Not a great start, but anyway...

I got of the phone and wrote ‘join toastmasters’ on my to do list….

And that’s where it sat for about the next 12 months…

I guess not knowing where to start, which club to join, and how it was going to fit into my schedule become a great excuse to procrastinate…

Eventually, I dragged myself out of bed at 6am and biked through the freezing cold winter morning to Toastmasters…

I did the trial day, and decided to give it a shot. I filled out all the application form, paid my fees and waited about a month for the course material to arrive so I could get started.

(I have to admit I did wonder why they couldn't just email me the documents or let me download them from their website instead of using snail mail).

Anyway, the instruction manual finally arrived. I studied it thoroughly and a few weeks later did my first speech…

Finally, the day for my first speech arrived...

Thankfully, I survived and actually it went pretty well…

I But then I was told that I would have to wait at least another FOUR WEEKS before I could give my next talk!!

I thought “hmmm….. How am I ever going to master public speaking if I’m only allowed to give a 5 minute speech once a month?”

This is when I knew that Toastmasters wasn’t going to cut it for me…

  • The 6am starts and getting across town on those winter mornings made it so inconvenient.
  • In order to really master my fear, and master the art of public speaking, I knew I was going to have to do more than just deliver a single five-minute speech once a month.
  • I knew that I also needed to get comfortable speaking into a camera and sharing on social media…
  • And on top of all that, I knew I wanted to get better at expressing myself and articulating my ideas in a more cohesive and coherent way… and I knew a daily practice would be best for this.

I couldn’t help but think that maybe Toastmasters was a bit outdated...

Surely there had to be a smarter way to practice public speaking in the modern era...?

That's when it hit me...​

What if I could master public speaking by doing Facebook Lives instead?

Think about it… 

It’s pretty much the same as public speaking, only it’s ‘virtual’ which has the added benefit that you can flip your phone out and shoot a quick video anywhere and any time!

The only problem was that I wasn't quite ready to start doing Facebook Lives to my whole friends list yet...

Maybe you can relate to that too?

I mean, my Facebook friends list contains pretty much everyone I’ve ever met…

…random old people from high-school, my crazy cousins, even ex-partners(!) and all my work people too.

I wished there was a way that I could start doing Lives with just a select few people who I knew would be supportive and not give me a hard time on my first attempts…

So I created a Facebook group, and added just a small handful of my close friends…

But what happened next took me by complete surprise!!!

All of a sudden, the friends who I had added to the group started adding friends of their own and before I knew it tons of people I had never met before started sharing videos in the community too! 

Turns out I wasn’t the only one looking for a safe place to practice public speaking by using Facebook Lives!

My Discovery, Revealed!

"Find Your Voice"

After being able to share my Facebook ‘Lives’ daily with a small yet powerful alliance of entrepreneurs, managers, moms and dads, students and students of life… I tapped into the REAL ME.

Seriously, within one month of being a part of this community, I started to hone my voice, my message, my true interests, and of course, my ability to publicly speak too!

This doesn’t mean I should give up on getting real life speaking engagements – no! But, as toastmasters may have its’ place… but we have evolved since 1924, and so has public speaking.

People are now craving authenticity, connection, and the ability to practice their craft anywhere and any time. 

If yes; watch this quick introduction for more info on what the group offers you, how it got started, and where this could take you...

It’s a safe and positive environment where you can practice the art of public speaking from the comfort of your own home (or office, or anywhere else in the world that your adventures may take you!).

Beyond the safe and supportive environment of our Facebook group itself…

Here’s what you get when you join this special, tight knit community:

Let’s face it, the first few times you upload a video it’s going to be a bit scary – BUT – as soon as you do, you’ll be amazed at how welcoming and supportive the other group members are. You’ll gain the skill and confidence to speak in public fast… to the point where you won’t recognize yourself because you’ll be such a badass ninja speaker

Through your participation in the Find Your Voice Group, you’ll get consistent feedback from the group and the right steps to keep improving as a speaker. You’ll discover what your deepest strengths as a communicator.

Stuck for what to talk about? We’ve created a syllabus of 10 different ‘share types’ to get you started. After that point, you’ll be given prompts to unlock more of your speaking gifts and to uncover your own unique voice!

Once you’ve joined our tribe, you’ll have the opportunity to set yourself a goal of how many days straight you want to improve. Start with a small number – say 5 – then hit that target and choose to extend, It’s entirely up to you. Whatever goal you set for yourself the community will support you and help keep you accountable to your goal.

We created this group for US. People just like you and I. and many of the connections made inside the group have now turned into solid real world friendships. If you show up as your real, authentic self, I’m sure you’re experience this deep connection too!

Not only will you meet new people, You’ll also learn from them, across a wide range of interesting topics as other members share their videos with snippets of their experience and learnings from life.

Perhaps it’s just part in parcel with the type of people that a group like this attracts, but a lot of the content that is shared here in the group has turned out to be related to self improvement, being our best selves and contributing to humanity. If you’re into self development, this is the group for you!

There’s something very powerful about committing to sharing publicly on a regular basis. You very quickly start to ‘peel back the layers’, and learn about your deeper self through the process of speaking – “what are the recurring themes that I keep sharing about? Perhaps there is more to this? Maybe I should write a book, or start a podcast” might be questions you start asking yourself after not too long…

On top of that, we also run a group coaching call every two weeks so if you have any questions, or want to workshop any public speaking topic, you can join the call for free and ask any questions that you have.

We interview expert public speakers, thought leaders, and influencers to share their secrets with our little group, so that we can each rise with the tide in our speaking and in our lives.

We co-created our core values through a collaboration with our community. Now have rock solid identity for what our group stands for:

V - Vulnerably share your truth
O - Overcome fear in loving service
I - Inspire others by who you are
C - Create caring community
E - Explore your essence through self expression

If these core values resonate with you then...

I'd like you to join our community...

I’d like to invite you to join our community….​​

You're in good company with these TEDx qualified speech coaches who are special guests in The 'Find Your Voice' community...

Niko Everett

Niko Everett, social entrepreneur and change agent, is an executive coach and motivational speaker. With a TEDx talk viewed by more than 1 million, she’s an inspirational troublemaker standing for women to stop being good and start being brilliant.

She’s inspired leaders all over the world from Tajikistan to Stanford University. Niko grew her first venture, Girls For A Change, from her kitchen table to serve 20,000 girls globally, raised millions in growth capital, and has been a diplomatic speaker for the US State Department.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal named her a “40 Under 40” social innovator, NPR awarded her a Community Hero award, and she received Fast Company magazine’s Social Capitalist Award. She was selected to attend Harvard Business School’s Executive Management Program on a full scholarship.

Her accomplishments have been featured in Newsweek, The Washington Post, and The San Jose Mercury News and her blog is published in Mindbodygreen + Elephant Journal.

The Real Lowdown…
I spent my first 20 years trying to follow the rules, fit in, and make up for my parents being wild and broken. I spent the next fifteen years learning that the only way to be truly brilliant is to break the rules. And I used my childhood full of mess, addiction, and self doubt to learn how to make a life full of magic, inspiration, love and impact.

I’m still embarrassingly human. I feel jealous, anxious, overwhelmed and afraid – often – but these feelings no longer own me. They are visitors who I recognize and usher through my house, sometimes cursing, and sometimes with grace.

Patrick has shared his stories and strategies with millions of people around the globe for 25 years. He’s a top rated, widely known motivational speaker and thought leader on passion, possibility, and heart-based business.

He’s spoken for almost 2,000 organizations, and applied his talents everywhere from talks at Stanford and Hilton, performances at the HBO comedy festival, to helping build a school in Kenya and coaching prisoners at the Donovan Correctional Institute.

Patrick is known by many companies and organizations as “The best speaker we’ve ever had,” and by many theatre-goers as a “Master storyteller” and a “Hilarious Performer.”

Today he is one of the only people in the world to have accomplished both a Hall of Fame speaking career and a comedic smash-hit, one man theatre show.

Add to that that Patrick is a four time author with more than 150,000 copies of his books sold and you have a person who has overcome the odds and demonstrated what’s possible when you lead your life with heart, passion and purpose.

Patrick Combs

Erin Weed

Erin has been a speaker coach at TEDxBoulder for 6 years, and has coached hundreds of speakers from across the world. She gave her own TEDx talk last year called “Dare to be Authentic.”

Prior to her current work, Erin founded a social enterprise called Girls Fight Back (GFB), which produces women’s personal safety seminars at schools and colleges across the globe. She started GFB in response to the murder of her college sorority sister, Shannon McNamara in 2001.

Erin sold GFB company in 2013 after speaking to over one million people at live events, and today remains an advisor to the company.

Erin has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Glamour, CNN and was named CosmoGirl of the Year for her work in women’s empowerment.

More Special Guests to be Announced Soon… Watch This Space!

Since creating this group, my public speaking has gone from strength to strength…

Which really proves this point, that the confidence gained from doing regular Facebook Lives can absolutely transfers into the ‘real world’...

When I went to speak at an entrepreneurial event a few months ago I can quite honestly say I was no longer scared at all….

On the contrary, I actually felt excited!

Through constant practice online, I had transmuted my fear into excitement.

And that seemed to really brush off on the audience too, because during the talk I noticed one person actually had tears in her eyes! But even more amazing…

Another audience member (a seasoned event producer) was so impressed that she asked my stage-mate and I if we'd like to create an event with her!!

Fast forward five months and we created the first ever 'True Voice Intensive' event in sunny San Diego...

And Guess What?

The True Voice Intensive takes the experience of the Find Your Voice group and turns the volume way up!

Imagine lodging in a 5 star San Diego mansion with 20-30 other aspiring speakers all focused on exploring their message and expression… 

We bring in high level experts across a range of topics related to gaining clarity on what your message might be, how to hone it, and how to share it with the world in the most impactful way possible. 

Here are a few pics from last time… 

As a Find Your Voice community member, you'll be given preferential access to booking and heavily reduced rates!

The next True Voice Intensive is scheduled to take place in San Diego during summer 2019 - we can't wait to meet you there!!

I believe you have a unique message buried deep inside that only you can share with the word... what's more, I believe that you owe it to yourself AND to humanity to uncover that message bring it into the world.

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.

If you don't bring forth what is within you, what you don't bring forth will destroy you.” - Jesus

The Find Your Voice Community is here to help you uncover, craft and perfect that message every step of the way!

Are You Ready

Just imagine how your life could change if you push through the fear and choose to pursue this...

Turn left, and nothing happens...

Not a darn thing.

Your future will be the same as your history. Nervousness and anxiety, and low self-esteem will remain your constant companion… in fact, it will most certainly get worse over time as you know you’re not living up to your true potential.

The longer you put off entering the arena, the harder it become to break that pattern.

Right now you have this powerful community, right there by your side… ready to support you every step of the way, ensuring that you make rapid progress.

Turn left and you LITERALLY decide to accept your your life as it is right now.

However…

If you care about your true voice, that deeper voice that already exists inside you, and exploring the potential impact you can have in the world, then….

Turn right, and your new life starts now...

You’ll get immediate access to the most direct path to all new levels of strength, confidence and the ability to influence any crowd.

Oh, yeah, and the ability to publicly speak just like any of your thought-leader hero’s (after all, we’ve got some people in our group who have helped shaped a few TED talks in their day).

Literally, you get a changed life for less than the cost of a fancy dinner.

Seems like a bit of a ‘no-brainer’, right?

I’ll see you on the inside.