How Going To A Conference Cured Judy Murray’s Terror of Public Speaking

Who is Judy Murray?

Judith Mary Murray, is a Scottish tennis coach. She is also the mother of professional tennis players Jamie and Andy Murray.

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Much like corporate world, sports is a male-dominated world. This makes attending conferences, workshops and certification courses an intimidating experience. It is never easy being in a minority. Most women look for a seat in the corner or at the back, hoping they will not be asked a question and singled out to demonstrate. And these were exactly the reasons why Judy Murray had always found conferences intimidating – until a workshop on women in sports inspired her to step outside her comfort zone.

*In 2012 Olympics in London, Judy went along to a female coaching workshop. This audience was predominantly female and the atmosphere was totally different. There were no egos and there was a genuine desire to network and share ideas. There was no fear of humiliation.

The closing speaker was Caroline McHugh, a Scot who describes herself as a “baby Buddhist”.

Caroline McHugh, the founder of IDology at a conference in 2017

 Caroline McHugh, the founder of IDology at a conference in 2017. Photograph: Daniel L Smith/Getty Images

Judy mentions how she was blown away by her words and her presentation. She talked about “the art of being yourself” and why we should not try to be what someone else wants us to be or what we think we ought to be in order to fit in, that we should be the “star in the movie of our life”.

Whether it is sports or corporate, for women to thrive we have to give them an environment where inspiration happens and fear is put to rest.

Source: A new start: Judy Murray on the ‘baby Buddhist’ who cured her terror of public speaking

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