Severe fear of public speaking
What is fear of public speaking and how does it occur?
Many people are ‘traumatised’ in the area of public speaking. Most of them don’t talk about it, because they’re ashamed. But we all know that lonely experience, when you’re checked out and judged, when you can’t seem to find the right words, when your voice is unsteady, your body is not confident and your facial expression is mask-like. Feeling let down by your body and mind makes you deeply distrust your ‘self’. On an unconscious level, we all experienced that during our first speech at school, and now this history may still be repeating itself during uncomfortable introduction rounds at business meetings.
How do you overcome that?
Liberation starts with letting yourself be helped. A Speaking Happens presentation coach will start by helping you to acknowledge and accept that occurrence. Then you’ll create a new, safe public speaking experience, together with your coach. And keep doing so until the fear is replaced by confidence.
The approach consists of a combination of working methods. Positive reliving of the situation by means of visualisation and comprehending the convictions about self that arose from that situation. A completely new approach to preparation and structure will enable you to speak naturally and spontaneously. It’s a new public speaking experience: one which involves speaking effortlessly and naturally. Without thinking about it: effortless, relaxed and liberated.
In fact, dealing with your fear of public speaking is a transformation from ‘surviving in the spotlight’ to ‘being animated in the spotlight’.
This is a good example of an occurrence that can cause fear of public speaking.