If you are an A-type personality, public speaking can be most frustrating for you because of your need to make your delivery perfect. One of the definitions of perfection is to be entirely without fault.
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Try replacing your fear with a heightened sense of awareness. Look through eyes which are not placing judgments on situations or people, and simply observe. Practice this relaxed state of mind, and notice how your environment (and the people within it) becomes more supportive.
I donated a year of my time to serve on the editorial committee for Speaker Magazine, published by the National Speakers Association. My job was to author a monthly column where I interview people that book professional speakers. A point that frequently is made by these people is that they want a speaker that will ENGAGE their meeting attendees.
Let’s just say such as, Jessica dreads speaking to people. She is socially awkward and tries getting to her cubical without actually making contact with co-workers. She feels lucky to even be employed, because of her Glossophobia or anxiety of public speakings. Her boss knows how socially awkward she is, but has no choice but to place her in the spotlight due to a scheduling issue. Jessica has just been told that she will be speaking on behalf of the firm at the annual banquet that will be held next week. With her stomach in knots, her hands begin to shake so uncontrollably that she can’t even type. She tells her boss that she isn’t feeling well and decides to take a sick time for the rest of the day. This is a classic case of anxiety of public speakings.
9) Remember that the one person considered by many to be the greatest communicator in history ONLY spoke in stories and parables. He was a leader of tens and hundreds, and ultimately millions, and he didn’t have the benefit of a speechwriter, or a large organization for support, or the leverage of the media for that matter. But he changed history more than any other man, in one solitary life. And Jesus did it all by speaking. With stories.
Many people that have social stress can use the guidelines in this article to help them become calm and relaxed. Each person is different, and because of that, taking care of your anxiety or fear has a lot to do with modifying the techniques in this article so that they can help. Taking care of social stress by using the techniques in this article can help improve your life in ways that only you will be able to describe.