Does the thought of speaking to a large audience evoke fear, start your heart pounding and make your palms sweat?
Most leadership positions require some level of public speaking, either participating in meetings, giving presentations or speaking at conferences. Leaders who are otherwise confident and knowledgeable can be affected, limiting career progression.
The fear of public speaking (Glossophobia) is very common. For many years I dreaded speaking to large groups and tried many strategies to overcome my fear. I found the help that worked for me. I was eventually able to talk in any situation with confidence and without the fear that used to hold me back.
If you search online for advice on combatting your fear, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the huge array of results. One solution will not work for all, however, so I recommend working with a qualified therapist to help you move past your fear.
Hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for public speaking nerves.
It builds your confidence, self belief and ability to remain calm and relaxed. In just a couple of sessions you could learn to recognise how your body reacts to stress and anxiety and develop positive ways of thinking and feeling. You may also use the power of mental rehearsal to practice a speech in your mind in hypnosis. Like an athlete, you will experience the feeling of delivering a great performance, pre-programming your mind for success. With feelings of confidence and control embedded, you’ll approach public speaking with a new level of calmness and assurance.
In addition to working with a therapist to change your limiting thoughts and fears you may want to attend a workshop to develop the technical aspects of public speaking, to ensure your content is well planned and organized and your message is clear and concise. This will also build your confidence and competence.
If you fear public speaking, do yourself and your career a favour by getting support to deliver great performances calmly and confidently. Contact me today