Butterflies and Sweaty Palms

25 Sure-Fire Ways to Speak and Present With Confidence

Published by Crown House Publishing

Short listed Best Achievement The People’s Book Prize

“A true empowerment tool which should get into the hands of many. It really cuts to the chase.
Its’ a clear explanation of why things happen rather than self help book. A new phenomenon.”

This book is short, easy to read and deceptively simple, but do the exercises and you will greatly enhance your confidence.

“Do you carry a lucky talisman in your pocket to give yourself courage before a big event because you suffer intolerably from performance nerves? Following the exercises in this book will enable you to perform with passion and determination to wow your audience. How many times have you picked up a self-help book and thought, `It`s all very well but it won’t work for me`? This time the book meets you where you are and helps you to succeed by approaching the problem on many different levels.”

I love the elegance, accessibility and clarity of this book and shall certainly be recommending it to clients and colleagues alike. Kate Burton, coach and author of For Dummies guides to NLP, coaching and confidence

If you’ve ever faced the fear of public speaking, this brilliant book is essential reading! Judy Apps provides super strategies for becoming a confident communicator. Her easy-to-learn and thorough approach tackles every aspect of speaking with great examples, stories and exercises. Arielle Essex, author of Compassionate Coaching

Use this marvellous little book as your companion and guide and you cannot fail to impress your listeners and increase your prestige. If you do not believe me or feel that my comments are over-the-top then all I can say is… try it and I guarantee it will begin to stir the genius we all have inside us. Should be made compulsory reading for all students of public speaking. Enjoy! Ronnie Steele

Little gem of a book … a great force to help beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers to surely deliver an engaging presentation that in the end yields the results we aim for, right from the start, and so creates an AHA Erlebnis, on which to build more and more success! Eleanor May-Brenneker MA Ed., PgDIP SpLd, AMBDA

I saw this book on a book stand at the APHP conference and was attracted by its colourful cover. A quick flick, revealed an easy to read style – highlighted sections for case studies and troubleshooting tips, bullet points and cartoon-style graphics. Its user-friendly style allowed me to glean in a few moments that this is a book with a wealth of great tips and strategies for those nervous about presenting. Like many hypnotherapists, I regularly see clients with performance nerves and thought this book might be worth stocking at my therapy centre.

This little book (a mere 136 pages) is divided into two parts, the first, entitled ‘Exploring the Territory’  deals with limiting beliefs and fears that an individual might be running. The second part, which forms the larger part of the book is named ‘Confidence Strategies’. This is the ‘how to’ part of the book which covers a wealth of exercises from modelling to future pacing, breathing techniques to physical preparation and getting ‘in the zone’ to connecting with your audience and much, much more. It’s difficult to do justice to the wide-ranging content of this book in a couple of paragraphs, so I would definitely recommend buying it to read as well as considering stocking it for customers to purchase.

The approach and strategies in this book are definitely NLP, but in a very accessible and non-jargon way. As it’s aimed at the public, rather than therapists, this is understandable, although the easy-read style makes it suitable for all. To consider ‘Butterflies and Sweaty Palms’ a purchase for the public only, is to ignore the valuable addition it could be to newly qualified therapists and students. This great little book could be a very useful manual on how to help clients who are fearful of public speaking or even for therapists who want to do demonstrations, talks, or teaching.

Lorraine McReight, Award-winning hypnotherapist, tutor & writer. Hypnotherapy and Natural Health Centre