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[Speaking-Out-Loud July 2013] Getting good stress sense
July 23, 2013
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Good stress sense
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What's the difference between good stress and bad stress?
What does make the difference is the stories we tell ourselves about those manifestations.
One person will say, "Yay, it's going to be good! I feel pumped, ready to take on the world!"
Another will say, "I've got to get out of here! I feel ill. My heart is racing. I'm sweating. I'll collapse any minute."
How do the same triggers elicit completely opposed interpretations? And what would happen if you changed the story?
Those questions are answered in this research by Jeremy Jamieson PhD: Public Speaking and Stress Responses.
Wanting to find a way to assist people with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) cope with the extreme stress they experience when faced with having to speak in public, he set up an experiment inviting those with SAD, and those without, to take part. They were then randomly assigned into two groups. One group was given "reappraisal information" about stress responses. They were told how beneficial it was: how it improved performance. The other group had no instruction. Both groups had the same task - to deliver a speech about themselves.
The results showed those who got the positive messages performed better and felt better, irregardless of whether they had SAD or not. The report is interesting - well worth a read, particularly if you, or people you know, are limited by anxiety.
The principal learning point is succinctly encapsulated in this Shakespeare quote from Hamlet Act 2 Scene 2: "Nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so".
You'll also find this "re-appraisal" approach in the first part of my 7 part freebie e-course on letting go of public speaking fear.
As I said in my last newsletter, it's not a quick-fix. I don't believe there is such a thing but there are strategies, some better than others, to challenge long held beliefs and behaviors. If you want to change a negative experience for a positive one, it's worth at least a look!
Have you, do you use public speaking apps?
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If so could you share them? And if you could design and build one of your own what would it be? Would it help with articulation, vocal variety, speech structure, speech rate ...
I'm asking because I've been thinking through developing an app for write-out-loud.com.
The one I have in mind seems like a great idea but like most of those, it only becomes one in reality if it's actually wanted and useful! So if you've got thoughts on apps and a moment or two to share them it would be greatly appreciated. You can let me know either through the feedback form on my site or through replying to this email. Thanks.
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