One in six people is believed to be a nervous flyer. Lawrence Leyton, a leading motivational speaker and expert in phobias talk about conquering these fears in this Q&A.
How did the easyJet course come about?
I had a brainstorm when I cured one of the participants on my Channel 4 Fear of Flying programme, and this got me thinking. It all started in 2012.
How does the easyJet course differ to the other courses out there?
It differs as it is deliberately set over two days and I think that people find it very empowering to do the actual flight after the course.
Why do you think your personal approach works, and who are the five percent that it does not work for?
The tools that I have given you are a set of life tools. It’s all about understanding how to rule your brain, instead of letting your brain rule you. Your mind is a very powerful thing and depending on what you choose to focus it on, will result in it either helping you or hindering you. The few people the course does not work for often need a one to one course and total attention for their fear – I do those too.
What has been your toughest challenge – the biggest phobic that you have knowingly converted?
There was a guy on the course who was in the Kegworth air disaster (in 1989) and had not flown since, which really shocked the audience. His fear was real, but he immersed himself in the course and put a different perspective on it. I am so happy it worked for him.
Top five motivational tips?
Our easyJet Fearless Flyer courses will show you how to run your brain more efficiently. By the end of the course you will feel totally different and you will wonder what all the fuss was about!
The EasyJet Fearless Flyers course boasts a 95 percent success rate and is available at eight UK airports. For details, visit www.fearlessflyer.easyjet.com
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