Fear and Anxiety of Public Speaking: Lean-In

Speaking – how to communicate thoughts and ideas to others clearly, concisely, and with confidence. A person who is highly skilled in speaking is a confident communicator with individuals or in front of a small or large of people in an engaging manner. They possess the ability to capture and keep the audience attention. And most importantly, influence individuals  thinking and encourage taking action on your message and request for change.

In public speaking some of you feel like you are just not good at presenting so you avoid speaking engagements like the plague. This type of thinking is career limiting. I want to teach you how to confront your fears and anxiety because giving-up on speaking to groups is not only career limiting but de-moralizing because not being able to confidently communicate to others erodes our self-esteem and confidence. Confidence about our ability to connect and engage others is about putting our presence and reputation on the line.

If you want to be a great presenter and truly connect with our audience be it 1 person or 1000 you need to engage the audience members from a place of confidence and worthiness, your first step is practicing the courage it takes to own our stories and tell the truth about who we are and convince others why your message is important and relevant to them. Most of us are afraid to take that risk and this leaves you open to anxiety, fear of failure and rejection. This shows it doesn’t get tougher than that when you are trying to perform at your best.  Tell me about your speaking performances—have you ever screwed up an important presentation that had an impact on your job or how you were perceived from then on by your boss. To many of these “career limiting performances” will impact your reputation and potential career advancement.  Be honest with me and yourself here I want to know have you ever been so nervous or hyped-up in communicating with an audience that you loss your train of thought and never got your footing back so people started to leave the presentation or excuse themselves from the meeting and you watch as more be lost interest and just started to do other things or walked out?

Have you ever been in a situation where the formal presentation went well … but you were so anxious about closing the deal and emotionally insecure for your own feeling of well-being… to the point where you literally drove the client away from the sale?

Have you ever you wanted to start a conversation with your boss about a promotion or salary increase… but your emotions started to go crazy at even the thought of approaching him or her… and you just decided that it would be easier to walk away and say nothing rather than try to overcome your fear of rejection?

Now you can confront and work through these obstacles and fear by learning the secrets of presenting…just contact me at thewick.wordpress.com

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