Let’s talk about dealing with your body’s reactions to your fear of public speaking
Our bodies are supposed to do what we want them to do, right? So why do we get the shakes, feel our knees go weak, or get nauseated as we approach the podium to give a speech?
My friend Joy said she’s not afraid of public speaking, she’s terrified of what her body is going to do to her.
She makes a great point. What are we afraid of?
Bringing the bad news to a hostile audience
Have you ever had to present bad news to a hostile audience? I have.
The news I had to deliver was unpleasant, but not unexpected. I was a member of an organization is a deep crisis – the leadership had been removed and the remaining members were highly polarized and barely speaking to each other. I had taken on a task and it was time to report on it – and it was bad. Very bad.
No, this wasn’t last week. But it might have been because I remember this day and this meeting very well. My hands were shaking. I was hot and felt cold sweat all over my body. I could barely breathe and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to talk to these leaders who were on the other side of the situation than I was.
I was terrified.
Because everything was poised against me. Now, I don’t want to sound paranoid – but look, everything was going against me. The people I had to talk to – the topic I had to address was about the future of the organization – or the lack thereof – and the news I had was very bad.
Today on the podcast, let’s finish up our series on overcoming your fear of public speaking with two important keys.
How do you give a speech when you’re afraid of public speaking? If you want to learn or improve your public speaking skills, Toastmasters is here for you to help you develop your skills, your message, and your voice. This is Toastmasters 101 and I’m your host, Kim Krajci. Continue reading “2 Keys to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking”