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Why I built ABC Speaking Skills

In this video I explain more about my motivation for the site.  If you are interested in knowing why I built the site, and how it will work, then please watch the whole video.



Welcome to ABCSpeakingSkills.com, where people learn to speak without fear. We know there are millions of people in the world who suffer from a fear of public speaking. Indeed, speaking in social groups is even a problem for this group of individuals. They feel it affects their work, their career, their education. It affects their social life. It affects their love lives. Perhaps, most importantly of all, it affects their overall sense of self-confidence and well-being.


Now that makes me sad. It makes me sad because, when I think of all of those fears, I think about all the conversations in the world that are poorer. There are decisions that are made without  input. There are friendships that are not as rich because certain words are not said at the right time or in the social situations. That makes me sad. If you multiply that by millions of times, then the world is enormously poorer. This fear of public speaking has a significant effect on the world, and I want to solve that. It makes me sad, and I’m going to do something about it.


If you are one of those that suffers from a fear of speaking in public, I’ve got great news for you. My name is Dan Howden. I’m a public speaking expert, and I’m going to help you solve, remove, that fear of public speaking for free. I want to remove your fear of speaking in social groups so that you can achieve your potential. Again, I’m going to do it for free. You’re probably asking, why is he doing this? How is he doing this? Of course, you’d be right to ask those questions. Let me start with the why. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine died. He was only 43. That’s very, very sad, of course. He lived perhaps half his lifetime, or his expected lifetime, and his death made me realize that now is the time to do the things you want or need to do.


I have a passion for public speaking, and I wanted to give something to the world. I know I’m enormously fortunate. I feel so lucky in my life. I have a lovely family. I enjoy what I do for a living. I just can’t find anything really to complain about at all. I know I’m very lucky and I recognize that. I want to give something back to the world for free. I think when you realize how fortunate you are and you think, what can I do for other people to help them benefit, then that can also enrich your life at the same time as enriching other people’s lives. When Herman died, I reached that point where I had that extra impulse to push me over the edge, to say, what can I do for the world?


I look at what I can do, and who needs that help, and I see millions of people that could probably benefit from my help, and so I’m going to do that. I’m going to give it for free to everyone. If you’re one of those individuals, I want to ask for some help and participation from you because then it will become bigger, and stronger, and better. If you look on this site, you will see a couple of options to participate. You can use Facebook to socialize; you can use Twitter to socialize what I’m doing. You can add your email address here by filling in a quick survey. There are two questions there, and those are really the questions that I would love you to answer, because if you fill in just that little bit of information, it will allow me to target this site to your needs and not only to your needs but to everybody’s needs. If you are one of my target audience who suffers from a fear of public speaking or speaking in social groups, then please fill in those two questions. You will help yourself because I will make the site more appropriate for you, and you will help others. You will be part of a project that positively affects millions of lives. Please, please fill all of that in.


Now the how. How am I going to improve everybody’s lives? What am I going to bring? Well, of course, I have my own expertise. I’m a competent toastmaster. I have won European standard championships of public speaking, and I’ve been helping others to overcome their fear of public speaking for 11 years. You get my input. Of course, you get my input for free, but there’s more. I also have a team of scientists, actors, other public speaking authorities. I will assimilate and bring together all of their content and tips to help you make that step, to really go from being fearful about public speaking to being able to speak in public.


In fact, I want to say at this point that I’m not out to make superstars. If you’re already somebody who’s very confident in what they do, then this is not the right stage for your participation. I want to help people who are fearful and very nervous to participate in those discussion groups and in their social situations. To be clear, that’s what I’m focusing on. My team of experts will help me, and together we will produce content that is relevant to taking those first steps. That’s the ABC, of course, in ABC Speaking Skills, the foundation of what we do. My team will produce the content, I will bring it together, and I will put it in one place. So all of those experts’ opinions are gathered together for you to use.


If you can fill in this survey, then it will be appropriate for your particular situation and, no doubt, for millions of others as well. If you fill that in, I promise to listen, and the content on the site from the experts will be adapted appropriately. Please, please do fill it in. I don’t want to make my videos too long, so I’ll wind this one up now. I will just recap what we’ve said. We know many millions of people, have a problem with a fear of public speaking. It affects their career. Maybe, they’ve missed promotions. Maybe, they’re not getting the grades they want. Maybe, they’re not as popular or enjoying their social life as much as possible. Maybe, they’re not meeting the partners of their lives. Maybe, they’re just feeling bad about themselves when they wake up in the morning.


My team and I are going to provide content for free to help everone. We want to get everybody up to that basic level of public speaking and confident public speaking. We want them to feel, at least, comfortable. Maybe, not a superstar, but comfortable. Please, if you like what you hear in this project, socialize it on Facebook. Socialize it on Twitter. Give me the feedback via the form on this website. It’s only a very small form, so please sign up. Give me that feedback, and I promise I will listen. Together, with my team and me, you will help to have an enormously positive effect on the world. You will help yourself, you will help others, and together we’ll have made that big difference.