Public Speaking ..( The Fear! )

Public Speaking ..( The Fear! )
November 2, 2016 Aoife McNamara





photo credit – The Red Brunette Blog

 A mind that is stretched by 

a new experience can never go back

 to its old dimensions..

Challenging  myself is one thing I love to do, whether it is in Fitness/Life/College or in this case Public Speaking. The fear of Public speaking is one thing I think a lot of people have in common, You either love it or hate it! I myself wouldn’t say I love it but I am definitely coming around to getting used to it. I still have a lot of work to do on what works for me and what doesn’t, which will all come in time and practice.

Last week I was delighted to be  asked to talk at UCC (University College Corks)  beauty and style masterclass, about my own personal blog, college and vintage style. Stepping outside my comfort zone and challenging myself was exactly what I did. It was my first time talking about my own personal life blog /college/ styling in front of a crowd. I was of course nervous, but it wasn’t so much about the event with it being a small enough event with around 70 people. For me It was about being able to stand in front of those 70 people and give them content that would value them in which they would learn from. What have I learned that would value them ?

The week before the event I was down in Killarney working with Suzanne Jackson (SoSueMe) the morning of her Killarney Workshop and I was telling her I had my first personal talk coming up and asked if she had any tips.  The one piece of advice that she told me was don’t look the crowd in the eyes, Glance over them or look to the back of the room and just pretend your talking to your friend,  If you start to make eye contact  thats when you get nervous and loose your train of thought. Thats exactly what I did, and it definitely helped!

The main thing I wanted to get across in this  blog post is how important it is to get out of your comfort zone and try something new, something that scares you! I learned from this experience and the next time, Which will be very soon, for an exciting event with the fabulous  Sinead Curvy Style Masterclass.  I will be that bit  more prepared on what I found difficult and try to improve those areas.

I have put together some ‘ key questions’ I was asked on the night.


Can you tell us how you first got involved in fashion.


I have always loved anything got to do with fashion, styling, textures  and dreamed(still dreaming)  about working in the Fashion industry since I was very young, I started off modelling and loved the rush of it behind the scenes the people you got to meet and progressing on I always had a passion for art in school , and seeing that LSAD (Limerick school Of Art &Design)  is ranked one of the top 50 in the world right up their beside Central Saint Martins, I knew I was dreaming of going their since I was in 4th year in school. But for myself I haven’t even tasted the fashion industry yet, Im still only studying and have loads to learn and experience. Which is very exciting and I can’t wait to share my journey.



Who is your fashion inspiration?

Stella Mc Carthy would have to be one of my biggest fashion designer inspirations. She is all about designing clothes that are meant to last, Sustainable fashion which is eco friendly, she wouldn’t use any furs or leathers. she is not perfect but at least she is trying.



Where do you purchase most of your clothes?

Zara would definitely have to be a big one, I just love their simple effortless approach for fashion as well as their finish to their pieces. Vintage of course is right up their beside it probable even in front being The Edge Vintage clothing store in Limerick city , It is definitely a hidden gem in Limerick and has a wide range of amazing statement piece.



How do you make vintage clothes relevant for today?

Definitely mixing Vintage with the high street is important, I would rarely wear a full vintage look unless it was a big night out, because they do tend to be loud pieces, so matching vintage with contemporary fashion is definitely one way to make it relevant.



What are the 5 staple pieces you believe should be in every wardrobe?

Coming into Winter my 5 staple pieces would have to be Black Knee high boots, Oversized Woolen Jumper, Leopard print,  and a simple white T- shirt.


Do you have any tips on starting a blog?

Yes , Just do it ! We tend to think about what other people are going to think before you can even figure it out for yourself . Don’t over think it! But write about something you have a passion for, this will come across in your blog, and give the reader a reason to read your blog. Content is very important! What will make you different from all the bloggers that are out there ?



How do you balance college, work and blogging?

Balancing is definitely something I have to work on , but I think the most important thing about working as a full time college student, hairstylist on the weekends and blogging is that I am passionate about all of them. Its not a chore for me to write a blog , or do someone’s hair I enjoy my work and college and this is definitely something a feel very strongly about . Don’t stay in a course you dread or waking up to a job your counting down the hours before you get in the door. Be Passionate!!

                                       and ask yourself…

Is  what your doing right now getting you closer

                                                               to where you want to be tomorrow?




What are your plans and hopes for your future?

Well, I am currently in my third year of studying Fashion Design which is a very fast moving course, where we get the opportunity of going on work placement abroad working with a fashion designer/ Brand. With some of the past students going to Marc Jacob in  New York , Manish Ora in India and much more this year is definitely going to be very exciting year and is one I have been looking forward to for many years!


Hope you enjoyed ,

Thanks For reading !

Aoife  X



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