Public Speaking Fears
- 7 steps to lose them
Public speaking fears are so commonplace they are, as my Granny used say, '10 a penny'. In US English that's about 1 cent for 10. Cheap. Everybody knows about them and can recite you a list.
- There's feeling nauseated
- The heart that pounds in double quick time
- A mouth as dry as dirt after a month of drought
- Knees that literally knock
- Seeing images of yourself gaping like a frantic fish out of water - a mute mouth opening and shutting in terrifying silence because the words you were supposed to say have fled - out of sight, out of mind
And meanwhile everybody stares as you fall off the edge of the cliff into the chasm.
That was me too.
Public speaking was in my 'too hard basket'. It stayed there until, somewhat perversely given my track record, I decided I wanted it out.
The 'outing' reawakened all the ghastly stuff I'd managed to avoid. Up popped the physical symptoms to remind me I was scared silly of speaking in public. In my mind nightmarish images ballooned into 3-d spectaculars with wrap around sound - the complete home theater experience. In short, I gave myself the full show - no expense spared and a front row seat to view it from.
This time though, I didn't let myself off the hook. I wanted to work through the fear and out to the other side - to become capable and confident - to stand and speak in front of others* minus the crippling anxiety.
(*others = groups of adults; my peer group, colleagues and parent's of the teenagers I taught. I was fine in a classroom and in 1-1 situations. The heeby-jeebies flared when I was the sole focus of a group of adults!)
Goodbye Public Speaking Fears
The 7 step e-course 'Letting go of Fear' is a compilation of the best strategies I found for working with public speaking fears.
These helped me achieve my goal. It didn't happen magically or overnight. It took perseverance and practice but I got there. One small step after another small step ultimately turned into a stride. Several strides later, and I was miles from my starting place.
The course is here for you to do the same and it's free. Sign up and you'll receive seven emails, one every three days. Each contains a core idea and strategy to work with to help you transform your negative 'can't energy into positive 'can'.
The three day interval between them is deliberate. It's to give you space and time to consider, practice and feel the benefit of each exercise before you add a new one to the mix. Once you have all the strategies in place you can pick and mix to fit your individual requirements.
Warning- this is not a quick-fix. It took years for you to become as you are now. Once-over-lightly will not undo or change that. It will take effort and application. There will be ups and downs along the way but you will get there. You'll arrive at a place when you suddenly realize that you've spoken in front of others with genuine pleasure and that you feel good.
Who is this course best suited for?
It's best for those who are self-motivated and prepared to give it a go. You need nothing else other than an open mind, time and willingness to practice.
It's not designed for those of you who have speech disfluencies like stammering or stuttering as the root cause of your public speaking fears. For assistance with those challenges please check these two excellent websites:
- The British Stammering Organisation
- or its American equivalent, The Stuttering Foundation of America
What's in this course?
It's a mix of practical commonsense strategies designed to give you the support you need to move forward safely. Some of them are 'doing' things involving specific physical exercises and organizational activities. Others are internally focused - examining habitual thinking and visualization patterns.
(I promise you there is no mention of visualizing the entire audience in their underwear or worse, naked!)
Some of it may not be comfortable, as dislodging long-held beliefs can require a bit more than a gentle prod. However if you're up for change and rearranging your mental furniture, you'll be fine because you'll know it's in a good cause - ridding you of public speaking fears.
Who is behind this course?
Click the link to find out more about me.
If you have questions you want to ask before you sign up you'll find a contact form there. I'll gladly answer them.
Ready to let go of your public speaking fears?
Fill in the form now to get started.
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Note: If you're not ready to sign up you'll find some of the content in the 'Letting go of fear' e-course in the pages below.
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