Public Speaking Terror Ebook

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Public Speaking Terror to Triumph

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Public Speaking Terror to Triumph

Spoken language is a fundamental element of human relationships. The ability to use words effectively can help you achieve great things in life. Oral presentations are the cornerstone of human interaction on a large scale and they also have a profound effect on intimate interactions as well.

Speaking in public can be a great source of anxiety for many people. However, it doesn’t have to be. People have been practicing this art for centuries and it has become an integral part of our interactions today.

Some approach public speaking like a type of internal thrill ride while others are choked silent at the very thought of giving a speech. Overcoming the fear of speaking in public is a subject of great interest to many. This activity is rated among the most frightening events in a person’s life. Some have gone as far as rating the fear of public speaking higher than the fear of death.

Many people are able to overcome their fear of speaking in front of an audience in spite of its seemingly overwhelming nature. The process begins with a strong understanding of how public speaking functions.

This ebook focuses on defining public speaking in a way that can help you get a handle on your fears. It is also designed to help you create strategies that will give you the means to create an effective oral presentation whether you are directing a video conference or giving a toast during a special occasion.

Table of Contents:

TABLE OF CONTENTS ………………………………………….. 2
INTRODUCTION …………………………………………………. 4
1 PUBLIC SPEAKING ………………………………………….. 5
FIVE ELEMENTS OF SPEAKING IN PUBLIC ………………………… 5
BRIEF HISTORY OF PUBLIC SPEAKING ……………………………. 6
PUBLIC SPEAKING TODAY …………………………………………….. 6
OCCASIONS AND EVENTS ………………………………………………. 7
2 FEARS AND PHOBIAS……………………………………….. 8
FEAR ………………………………………………………………………….. 8
PHOBIA ………………………………………………………………………. 9
THREE TYPES OF PHOBIAS ……………………………………………… 9
GLOSSOPHOBIA ………………………………………………………….. 10
3 ROOT CAUSES OF PUBLIC SPEAKING FEARS ………. 12
HARDWIRED FEARS ……………………………………………………. 12
LEARNED FEARS …………………………………………………………. 13
PUBLIC SPEAKING FEARS ……………………………………………. 13
EMPATHY AND ASSOCIATION …………………………………………. 14
GRADUAL BUILDING …………………………………………………….. 14
4 UNLEARNING YOUR FEAR ……………………………….. 15
LEARNED FEARS CAN BE UNLEARNED ……………………………. 15
MIND OVER MATTER …………………………………………………… 16
RETRAINING YOUR RESPONSES …………………………………… 17
FEAR EXTINCTION AND DESENSITIZING ……………………………. 17
5 ALL ABOUT THE AUDIENCE ……………………………… 18
THE AUDIENCE WANTS YOU TO SUCCEED ………………………. 18
MEETING EXPECTATIONS …………………………………………….. 19
INSPIRATION ……………………………………………………………… 19
RELINQUISHING CONTROL ………………………………………….. 20
CREATING AN APPROACH ……………………………………………. 20
6 TIPS TO REMEMBER ……………………………………….. 21
LETTING GO OF STRESS ………………………………………………. 21
NERVOUS ENERGY ………………………………………………………. 21

KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS ………………………………………….. 22
DO NOT OVER-PREPARE ………………………………………………. 23
7 PUBLIC SPEAKING TECHNIQUES THAT WORK ……. 24
HUMOR …………………………………………………………………….. 24
CREATING A WIN-WIN SITUATION ……………………………….. 24
SILENT MOMENTS ……………………………………………………….. 25
MISTAKES …………………………………………………………………. 25
HUMILITY ………………………………………………………………….. 25
SPEAKING WITH PURPOSE ………………………………………….. 26
KEY POINTS……………………………………………………………….. 26
BREVITY……………………………………………………………………. 27
SELF PERCEPTION ………………………………………………………. 27
8 HELP AND SUPPORT ………………………………………. 28
FRIENDS AND FAMILY ………………………………………………… 28
PUBLIC SPEAKING CLASSES ………………………………………… 29
HYPNOSIS …………………………………………………………………. 29
TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL …………………………………. 29
9 PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER …………………………….. 31
FEARS AND PHOBIAS ………………………………………………….. 31
ESTABLISHING YOUR PERSONAL STATE …………………………….. 32
EVALUATING YOUR NEEDS …………………………………………….. 32
A UNIVERSAL PROBLEM ………………………………………………. 32
NATURAL RESPONSES ………………………………………………….. 32
THE AUDIENCE IS ON YOUR SIDE ……………………………………. 33
CONCLUSION …………………………………………………… 34
PRACTICAL APPLICATION ……………………………………………. 34
USING YOUR KNOWLEDGE …………………………………………… 34
USING YOUR RESOURCES ……………………………………………. 35
TAKING STEPS TO OVERCOME YOUR FEAR ……………………… 35
THOUGHTFUL PRACTICE ……………………………………………….. 36
RELAXATION TECHNIQUES …………………………………………….. 36
BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH THE PROCESS …………………………. 36
RESOURCES …………………………………………………….. 37