Fear into Adrenaline
I was scheduled to give a brief report for the annual general meeting of the association, but I chickened out. I just hate speaking in front of groups, like many people. It takes practice to appear effortless and natural. I had planned to join Toastmasters, but clearly it was not high priority.
I know that speaking in front of peers is easier as you are a known quantity. Other tricks is practice, practice till parts are memorized. And yet other tricks are to pare down presentation to 3 points so as not to overwhelm audience. And maybe I am not as bad as I think I am.
Mary Ellen Bates reminds us that fear can get channelled into creativity like “thinking on your feet” and ultimately successful presentations. We can use our anxiety in a positive way:
Or you can use that energy and review your presentation from a creative and kind point of view. “Hmmm, I completely forgot to make that point. How can I change that slide to remind myself next time? Or, hey, it wasn’t that critical to the presentation; maybe I’ll change it to this other point.”
Read her blog post on the first step to becoming a great speaker. There are a ton of books and web sites about polishing public speaking skills. Who knows? Maybe I will work my way up to “Speak for a living : the insider’s guide to building a speaking career” by Anne Bruce (2008) … or not.
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