Fear of Public Speaking?
The fear of public speaking is perhaps the biggest personal
stumbling block many presenters face in getting their ideas across
to an audience.
In nature, fear, so they say, is the mother of survival. When faced with
danger your body's mechanism is instinctively stimulated to a point of maximum
preparedness and performance. Your heart rate increases, you start to sweat,
your mind begins to race. All very useful when faced with a wild animal. Perhaps
less useful when faced with a room full of people waiting to hear your
presentation. Of course, when giving a presentation, you don't face any physical
danger (I hope!), but instinctively you still feel the same fear and so your
body and mind react in the same way. You want to run and hide. In extreme cases,
a fear of presenting can result in you stuttering and stammering, and eventually
totally drying up.
But fear is normal. The trick is learning to control your nerves and using
them positively to improve your performance. I say using fear positively,
because I dont believe eliminating all fear is a good thing. A certain amount
of controlled pre-stage nerves is beneficial: it helps focus your thoughts and
puts you in the right frame of mind to deliver a good presentation.
The following articles give some tips not only on how to control your nerves
but how to use nerves to enhance and improve your performance.
Nifty Tips to Reduce Your Fear of Presenting
If the thought of giving presentations brings you out in a cold sweat, try
reducing your fear of presenting by putting these tips to the test.
Improve Your Presentation Confidence
Want to improve your presentation confidence and deliver talks with passion and
conviction? Then heed this call to action.
Removing Barriers to Effective Communication
The first step to removing barriers to effective communication is to identify
what those barriers are. Once identified you can then work on improving them.
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