'Mindset is key' blah blah blah blah

‘Mindset is key' is something we often hear, but what does it actually mean?

Case Study #1

I recently worked with a client (who we’ll call Joe) who was taking part in a panel discussion at a prestigious event. Whilst exploring Joe’s mindset towards public speaking, it became clear he was holding some unhelpful assumptions about his panel audience.

Namely, they were going to judge him.

Why should they listen to what he had to say? 

Joe was self-aware enough to know he can lapse into ‘imposter syndrome,’ and despite his credentials as the founder of a successful business, he was genuinely worried how people would receive him.

This is where mindset is key.

By unpacking and challenging what led Joe to feel this way about his audience, a few things became clear:

-Joe was giving himself no credit for how valuable his insights might be (after all, he’d successfully started up his own business which was continuing to grow.)

-Looking at it rationally, people don’t come to events like this to judge, they come to learn, or to be inspired. 

Realising this shifted Joe’s perspective. He was now able to relate to his audience positively. 

They were no longer there to cast judgement on him, but people who were open to what he had to say, and eager to learn from his story of success.


Reframing into an empowering, rational mindset, Joe felt a lot of the nerves he had dissipate and was able to enjoy the discussion (and do a great job.)

 What’s ‘key’ with mindset is knowing how to actually implement it.

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