“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I like this quote because it relates to the act of starting your journey. For most people with some fear of public speaking, the biggest hurdle is just getting up in front of the crowd. If you can get yourself to go up and even talk to just 2 minutes, that’s the first step. The whole staircase, in this example, is the climb up to becoming unafraid of speaking.
We all know that the fear of public speaking is one of the biggest fears that most people have. Just the thought of having to get up in front of a group of people can cause some to go into full panic attacks. There a many different methods to combating this fear: deep breathing exercises, NLP (Neural Linguistic Programming), even drug therapy. However, a researcher from Scotland has discovered another method for reducing stress: Sex. Continue reading →
You would think that with a title like this that it would a) have nothing to do with public speaking, and b) have nothing to do with running a billion dollar business. The fact is, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh uses all three methods and then some to run his billion dollar empire. Although he is naturally shy and wasn’t a great speaker, he has found ways to become a super-star speaker. Continue reading →
I recently had a great conversation with someone who I consider to be a great public speaker. I first learned about him while doing research for my blog. His name is Scott Ginsberg. Some of you may know him by his given name. However, those that do know about Scott most likely know him for something else. Â He is “The Nametag Guy”. Â He has been wearing a nametag for just shy of 3000 days in a row (as of this posting).
The fear of public speaking can grip even the most experienced public speakers. I was recently speaking to someone who has given many many speeches but still has a strong fear. He explained that he speaks at a local speaking group (Toastmasters). He’s comfortable while speaking in front of his group but still has reluctance to giving speeches outside of his “comfort zone”. I like to think of the word fear as an acronym: Feel Emotion And Respond. This means that feeling fear is good, and it’s what you do when you feel fear that matters.