181: Olivia Mitchell: On Getting Over the Fear of Disapproval

Olivia Mitchell – Presentation Trainer, Speaker, Introvert – aims to redefine the expectations of speaking. Living in New Zealand, Olivia uses her professional presenting skills to speak up about what she is passionate about.

Addressing real-world needs, Olivia sets out to use her voice to make a difference while helping others do the same. All of this – as an introvert. Olivia dedicates her craft to develop ways in which other introverts, like herself, can be just as confident and effective public speakers. She lives by the notion that anyone can speak with confidence despite the obstacles.


On the show, we talked about:

  • Introvert speakers are just as qualified as extrovert speakers
  • How to quiet the voice in your head that demands things
  • How to focus on what the audience needs and not how you perform
  • Just because you’re nervous doesn’t mean you’re not confident




“The result in the Irish reforendum. In Ireland, they had what was called the 8th amendment which made the life of a woman and the life of a fetus she was carrying equivalent. So this referendum was on the repeal of the 8th amendment. From my point of view, there was an extremely successful result in that the 8th amendment was repealed which means that a woman’s life matters more than the life of a fetus. It is an amazing thing for women in Ireland. The two things that really moved me about this was the way that women in Ireland, and Irish women in the whole rest of the world, all came together to make this vote possible. Many Irish women went home to vote, they flew from wherever they live to go home to vote. Not only that, Irish woman with more means paid for younger women without the means to get home, so that they could vote. To me that is really wonderful. The second thing about it that moved me is anti-abortion. Everything that goes with it was so encringed in Ireland and such a part of the way of thinking even 10-20 years ago, and the fact that things have changed so dramatically in a matter of decades gives me hope for the rest of the world and other countries where ways of thinking seems so entrenched. The fact that Ireland has changed it’s mind on something that was so much part of the Irish identity really gives me hope for all of humanity.”