Dr Vesna is the founder of award-winning company QT, NLP and hypnotherapy trainer, best selling author, speaker, media commentator and expert in creating quick and permanent transformations.
I come from a banking and finance background, having spent 13 years working for a major Australian Bank. The first 9 years of that as an economist which involved predicting international exchange rates, interest rates and growth. Part of my job was to sell these forecasts and the story which goes with them, to the treasury room dealers.
Utilising my strong economic background, I then moved into the field of corporate strategy, involved in working on control change programs for the bank with the focus being the implementation of change.
However, even with my move into corporate strategy I still felt as though there was something missing in my career, I still felt ‘like a fish out of water’ despite my extensive years in the industry. The progression to general manager of a bank or to the corporate echelons was not something I aspired to, it was not something which drove or motivated me. Whilst I had my doubts prior to moving into corporate strategy, I pushed them aside and continued to work day in and out for a further four years. It got to the point where I woke up one morning and did not want to go to work, a first for my as I have always possessed a strong work ethic.
I decided it was time to act on these feelings, to pursue the journey of self-development to discover what it truly was that I wanted to do when I ‘grew up’. I began my journey rather simply with a weekend seminar which focused on the subconscious mind and how to meditate. This simple start developed into a desire to learn more about the way in which the subconscious mind works. I started to explore my fears and my-self doubts with the aim of learning how I could best deal with these feelings that we often push aside. What started as a relatively simple process led to a journey of self-discovery spanning over four years and involved travelling the world in search of the answer to the question which alluded me ‘If not banking, what else?’. While you cannot put a price on such a journey, it was largely self-funded and consumed all my annual leave.
This journey aided me in identifying what it was that I was truly passionate about, while still taking advantage of my years of experience and knowledge in the corporate environment. I realised what I had been missing…working with people. Instead of dealing with numbers I needed to be dealing directly with people and seeing the change first hand. Being someone that had always dealt with numbers, public-speaking was unfamiliar territory for me so one of the major fears I had to learn to overcome through this self-development process was the fear of public-speaking. I first identified public-speaking as a fear of mine whilst I was in fact presenting to a group of senior executives at the Bank at which I was working. About half-way through the presentation, I became overwhelmed and burst into tears for no identifiable reason. Fortunately, the group was understanding although I suspect that they had assumed I must have been going through some type of life emergency to have been so emotional. It was this event and the feeling of embarrassment that made me realise that, as part of my job, this was a fear that I needed to overcome. I attended multiple public speaking seminars but found that they were focused on teaching the skills and the structures of giving a presentation, they weren’t addressing the fear or the anxiety. I found that the fear fluctuated, there would be times I would start off confident and the confidence would slowly subside yet other times I found I was shaking and seized by the fear before I had even begun. I was like a deer in the headlights.
It was not until I came across NLP and hypnotherapy that I found something that addressed the fear itself. Through learning these skills and undergoing further self-development, I was able to overcome my fear of public-speaking. It allowed me to overcome it on a deep subconscious level, meaning it was a permanent solution rather than a quick fix. It was then that I could put two and two together, my new-found inspiration and belief in what NLP had to offer and my desire to help people through my occupation. I became certified as a trainer of NLP and hypnotherapy so I could help equip others with the skills that had helped me. I have also completed a PhD in clinical hypnotherapy as part of my ongoing self-development. My training and qualifications have since allowed help others out there who share the fear of public speaking, being that I can relate to and understand that fear. Now it is something I engage in on a weekly basis, and enjoy doing so, whether it be to large or small groups....