How Reese Witherspoon Overcame Her Terrifying Fear of Public Speaking

By James Mills, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

"Because of this experience, I know that if I want to do things that matter, I need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. I worked through my fear because I put myself in a difficult situation over and over again until my anxiety subsided."

- Reese Witherspoon

Would it surprise you to know that the globally recognised Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon had a terrifying fear of public speaking? Would it surprise you more to know that this fear was only overcome in recent years; even after starring in many lead acting roles, achieving numerous awards and nominations for her performances? Well, it was when the company Avon approached her to be a global ambassador for its foundation that she decided she needed to face this fear.

This opportunity with Avon was extremely close to Reese Witherspoon's heart; the chance to speak about issues she felt incredibly passionate about - addressing audiences and influential figures on women's empowerment, breast cancer and domestic violence. Yet, it was an opportunity she was prepared to pass up because of her fear.

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