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‘I am a recovering speaker.’ This is my opening statement on each and every course I deliver. I know what it’s like to be standing in front of board members when I couldn’t remember my own name. It felt like I was having a heart attack. My throat went tight and dry and then I began to sweat profusely. It was a horrible feeling and I knew I was better than this. I would not let the fear of public speaking dominate me.
It’s not where you start. It’s where you finish. If you’re determined and unhappy with the status quo, be prepared to take swift action for 2017.
Has the fear of public speaking ever gripped you? The thought of having a panic attack in front of your family, friends and colleagues is enough to throw anybody into a spin.
Over the last ten years I have delivered hundreds of fear of public speaking courses in London and around the world. In doing so I have saved careers and given people the tools and skills for a brighter future.
Public speaking is a psychological and a physiological event. I like the analogy of the juggler. If you have a couple of balls, they’re easy to keep in the air. But the more balls you add, the more complex the patterns and the harder it is to keep control. That’s why people freak out with public speaking. They use a lot of their limited energy on things that cannot be controlled. The energy needs to project outwards towards the audience, not inwards in a bubble of self-protection.
In my experience, I believe that every student has an expressive voice within them. With guidance and practice the results can be stunning. The focus must be on the tools that work and no longer on self-protection. While we focus on the latter, less experienced, less talented and less deserving colleagues will be climbing the corporate ladder ahead of you.
Will 2017 be your defining year? The year that you crack the fear of public speaking for good?