Overcoming public speaking anxiety

I read my vows and didn’t die

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Overwhelmed with Speaking Anxiety? I’m always on the lookout for inspiring stories about people who overcome public speaking anxiety. I found this story on Reddit about a woman who got married, suffered speaking anxiety, and “didn’t die.” I thought you would really enjoy it. The bride reveals how nervous she was in the moment. Then she does the very thing I teach my clients to do when they are overwhelmed with anxiety. “I successfully had a wedding with 130 guests…

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Tips for helping to stop rehearsing your script

Stop rehearsing your script and here’s why

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Does Rehearsing really ward off speaking anxiety? Do you think rehearsing a speech over and over or scripting every word will help you ward off anxiety and look more confident? I used to believe rehearsing was the key to success. In Toastmasters I scripted every speech. I thought if I got the words right and delivered them flawlessly, I’d eventually find my way to confident speaking. Spending hours and hours rehearsing a short 5-minute speech! I taped myself on a…

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Do you get anxious looking at your audience?

Do You Get Anxious Looking at Your Audience?

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  Do you get anxious looking at your audience? “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid” was spoken by Humphrey Bogart to Ingrid Bergman in the classic movie, Casablanca. This line has a rich meaning when you apply it to public speaking and “seeing” your listeners. Are you wondering how? Let me explain… People tell me they are afraid to look into the eyes of their listeners when they are presenting to a group. Perhaps this anxiety of truly seeing people relates…

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Public Speaking Tips

Is Your Public Speaking Anxiety “Deep Rooted”​?

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Your public speaking anxiety may have deep roots…and here’s why: When you were young and ever so tender, your ability to freely express yourself may have been stunted. If so, to develop a strong and resilient sense of being safe whenever you speak is compromised… …and childhood memories of criticism, judgement, bullying, humiliation, and/or shame persist. You may not have had the internal resources or the external support to heal the emotional injuries at such a young age. You had…

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Public Speaking Tips

Are you Hiding or Welcoming Your Authentic Self?

By | Authentic Speaking, Essential Speaking, Fear of Speaking, Fearless Public Speaking, Find Your Voice Blog, Mindfulness and speaking, Public Speaking Anxiety, Public Speaking Coaching, Public Speaking Tips, Speaking Circles | No Comments

Are you Hiding Your Authentic Self? Many people are simply too afraid to even face their public speaking anxieties. They can and do avoid the spotlight for years. The truth is that the beautiful and natural Essential Self within never gets to come out from hiding. It never learns to dance and play and sing because it might be judged. Let’s extend an invitation and welcome the authentic self, your most powerful inner resource, out into a new world. You…

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Finding Flow When Speaking in Public

Find Your Voice and Your Words Will Flow

By | Authentic Speaking, Find Your Voice Blog, Inspiration to speak in public, Mindfulness and speaking, Presence and public speaking, Public Speaking Tips | No Comments

Flow and Public Speaking What’s flow… and how can you apply “flow” to speaking in public? Well, let’s start with what it’s not. Flow is not… … worrying about the future and how you might fail when presenting a report. … agonizing about the past and how you didn’t live up to your expectations. … thinking about the present and how you are being judged for every word. … and, flow is not about being tangled up and overcome by…

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Doreen Hamilton, Ph.D. || Presence: A Key to Essential Speaking

Presence: The 2nd Secret to Fearless Speaking

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To Be Present is to Be Free of Fear To be fully present, in the center of the now, is to be free of fear. It is when you think back to an unpleasant memory or when you look ahead at the possibility of being judged by others that the waves of fear begin to move through your body and start to crash upon the shores of your sense of self-confidence. You leave the present moment and enter a moment…

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Silence: The 1st Step to Fearless Speaking

Silence: The 1st Secret to Fearless Speaking

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“A silent mind is far more precise, accurate, and powerful than anything that is contained in the boundaries of rational thought.” Deepak Chopra Be Silent When people come to my programs on overcoming the fear of speaking, they are always surprised to see that I begin my 7 steps to Fearless Speaking with “Be Silent.” Immediately they know they are not in a conventional course like other classes that often stress how to craft and organize a speech or how…

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