I think we’ve all been there. Nervously up front on stage, speech ready, hands (and script) shaking. Nervously facing the audience, your mouth goes dry, hands start to get sweaty and your heart pounds in your chest. You open your mouth and nothing comes out. A squeak maybe. You clear your throat. An awkward cough is heard from the back of the room. Silence. Somewhere, a baby cries.
Shil Shanghavi is a stutterer who’s always had a crippling fear of public speaking.
His stutter contributed to mental health and confidence issues, which then resulted in poor performance throughout his professional career.
Shil experiences speaking challenges in daily communication, so it’s quite remarkable that he is now a public speaking specialist and runs Chatterbox Public Speaking.
Talk about standing up to your fears head on.
His challenges compelled him to look for solutions where people – like him – could practice speaking in public without having to physically be in front of an audience.
He wanted to offer people an alternative approach for building their public speaking skills and in 2019, he started experimenting with Virtual Reality. Launching the idea at his own Gamechanger event in June 2020, he refined the offering and built his own platform, Chatterbox Virtual Reality.
Currently, Chatterbox Virtual Reality offers 3 avatar environments:
- a conference stage,
- a boardroom, and
- a networking environment
And there are more in the pipeline.
In addition, Shil is adding pre-recorded environments with real audiences in 360 videos, and analytics to measure speaking performance.
The ultimate product would be one where a user could hit a button and – boom – an audience appears in the room in front of them, and then they could practice their talk.
For more, visit Chatterbox VR and watch the video below…