WHAT DO SQUIRREL-GLIDERS HAVE TO DO WITH THIS?
They are native Australian animals. They are exceptionally cute creatures.
WHAT DOES YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING LOOK LIKE?
DO YOU HAVE A DISTINCTIVE SOUND?
In the interest of researching solutions for people who fear public speaking, I came across this organisation. The Genard Method
On the site there is a handy cheat sheet about –
How to Calm Your Nerves Before Speaking.
Wander over to the site and take a look at what they are talking about. The cheat sheet gives you a full range of fear calming actions.
It is encouraging to know that the Genard Method incorporates many of the tips we offer here as the Top 10 Confidence Boosters.
Any information and tips that you are seeking out like industrious squirrel-gliders will be useful.
There is a catch though.
To make lasting change in the pattern of fear generated by speaking in public, guess what?
You have to be engaged in identifying the problem and committed to working on ways to address that problem.
REFRAME THE STATEMENT
If you always say ‘I will never be able to speak in public’. You will always be correct.
If you say ‘speaking in public is a problem for me’. You leave a tiny crack open for the tips and tricks to squeeze through.
Can you hear yourself saying this?
‘Speaking in public has been a problem for me – but I am looking to change that’.
Naming the problem is the first step to solving it, wouldn’t you say?
Ahem……. (this is what I do – at Polish Your Pitch).
Find someone who can help you step through the fear and get going on your speaking flight and distinctive sound making.
I keep reminding you all that I am not your therapist or a psychologist.
I don’t treat illness and trauma – I am not qualified in those fields.
Bu t I do have a wealth of knowledge in:
- sociolinguistics (the study of language in society),
- theatrical and performance techniques refined over decades.