On Public Speaking Anxiety and Ridiculous Advice You Should Ignore

Public speaking fear cure mythsFact. With few exceptions, most speakers (including professional orators) experience some level of public speaking anxiety every time they face an audience. But, not all advice on tackling these fears is well founded. Far from it.

So, I had an interesting chat with a senior executive in a multinational I’ll name Bill (not his real name) during a recent public speaking skills masterclass. And truth be told, this is a more common conversation than you might imagine.

As we were beginning to discuss how easily he could use small changes to his body language to boost his audience connection, Bill made an admission:

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On Getting Past Fears of Public Speaking: Lessons From a Potter’s Wheel

Public speaking lessons from potterySo, I recently stepped out of my comfort zone to have a bash at something I’ve always thought I’d be useless at – a pottery workshop with my missus (a birthday gift).

And I don’t mind admitting that my expectations were remarkably low. I assumed I’d be the sort who’d have clay flying everywhere and produce nothing more than wonky, misshapen, unrecognisable  ‘thingies’ never intended/destined for the light of day (or public view).

But, fortunately (and there was an element of chance in this), I choose a wonderfully talented and inspiring instructor (Hannah at Ballymorris Pottery – which is right beside Bunratty Castle in County Clare)…

…And that made all the difference in the world.

She managed to allay our fears of messing up (the self same fears that get in the way of honing public speaking skills) and helped us get to a ‘you can do this’ mindset.

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2 Ways to Conquer Self-Doubt and Speak Up With More Confidence – Podcast 85

Overcome Self Doubt and Speak Up With ConfidenceHas self-doubt ever caused you to ‘not’ speak up at a meeting or event, even where you knew in your heart and soul that your voice should have been heard?

If you said yes, you’re not alone.

Over the years, I’m worked with thousands of seriously smart business leaders and professionals who regularly backed away from situations where they wanted to say something and didn’t.

How come? Why on earth not?

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Leap Past Fears of Public Speaking: 7 Anxiety Busting Insights – Podcast 84

Overcome Public Speaking FearsIt’s a fact. Three out of four adults, perhaps including you, admit to having fears about public speaking.

And the upshot? Far too many people regularly avoid opportunities to speak up…

…Which, in turn, creates lose-lose outcomes – both for those who bypass chances to share valuable ideas or insights and audiences who would have benefited, if only they had heard these things.

What a waste, right? And this begs 2 obvious questions:

‘What’s going on?’ and, if this applies to you, “what can a body do about it?”

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