Public Speaking Anxiety | Achieving Effective Speaking Skills

I am talking today about public speaking anxiety which is also known as Glossophobia and also achieving effective speaking skills because at sometime in your life you may have to speak publicly to a work or community group and you want to be able to do that without stressing out.  Giving a speech or presenting before a group, whether the group is a thousand or just ten, qualifies as one of people’s biggest fears. It is not uncommon to find a person who is terrified at the prospect of having to speak to a roomful of people.conference-2

But why do we fear speaking in front of others so very much?  Psychologists believe that it is not really public speaking that make people experience so much STRESS but the fear of making a mistake in front of others. In my personal experience that is true, but also when you talk publicly people actually look at you and to me I feel they are judging how I look as well as how I speak. Being glossophobic can however be conquered with the right attitude, knowledge and commitment.

Here are some points that can start you in your path towards achieving effective speaking skills:

Speak about what you know
Talking about something that you have a passion for and know about will not only lessen the anxiety that you may experience but will also make you appear fervent and enthusiastic about the project. If you want to develop effective speaking skills then this would be the what I would do first.

Use Humor
What’s the best way to impress an audience? To make them feel connected to you. And how do you exactly do that? Use humor. Open your speech with a joke or a funny observation. Everyone loves to laugh. This can also help you relax. It’s also a good strategy for covering up errors when they happen.

Practice
When you practice, the chance of making a mistake decreases. The biggest benefit though will be that it will make you feel more self confident, knowing that you have prepared for the speech and that you have done your best to present it.  I am the kind of person who likes to be prepared so this tip is something I would do anyway.  So, prepare your speech then practice it and you will find yourself less stressed and less glossophobic.

Involve The Audience
The best way to appear competent before an audience is to actually acknowledge their existence. Say hello to them and you could even ask them a question.  Also when you do this it makes the speech less formal and more comfortable for everyone. A less formal approach can excuse the speaker from some blunders.  Hey and I will made them over the years.

My secret and main coping technique in regard to public speaking anxiety is to think of the audience as children. Children are accepting and not critical aren’t they.  Find what works for you though as we all react differently to stress. I have heard people say that they image the audience naked, but hey, that just doesn’t work for me at all.  Maybe all you need is to listen to is some RELAXATION MUSIC beforehand and that is what I do as it brings my stress levels down quite dramatically.

So the bottom line is don’t stress the next time you have to speak to a group, follow my tips and you will be fine and well prepared.

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Get rid of Your Spider Phobia once and for all

spider_webIt is not too unusual to find a person with a spider phobia. If you are reading this, you probably include yourself amongst the number of people who have a terrible fear of those creepy, eight legged creepy crawlies.  I don’t like spiders myself and avoid them when I can. It’s fairly easy to realize why you would be afraid of spiders. They creep around with their plump bodies and hairy legs, spinning webs to trap prey and suck the life out of them. Am I freaking you out right now or just myself?  Thankfully, you don’t need to live with your spider phobia forever. Through hypnosis, you can rid yourself of your spider phobia and stop freezing up or running a mile whenever you see one of those nasties. Continue reading Get rid of Your Spider Phobia once and for all

Signs of anxiety | recognize the symptoms

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How do I know I have anxiety?

You may be showing the signs of anxiety if the feelings or behaviors below affect your everyday life:

  • Worrying about everything
  • Feeling negative
  • Feeling restless or irritable
  • Find it hard to do everyday activities like work and study
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty sleeping and/or relaxing
  • Avoidance behavior
  • Physical symptoms like heart palpitations
  • Irrational thinking
  • Have muscle pain

If you experience more than a few of these then you should consult a medical practitioner to be assessed professionally. Don’t avoid seeking help if you do have these signs of anxiety. Don’t wait until you get worse . Avoidance is also a sign that you are not handling the anxiety.

Eat Oily Fish to Boost Memory

If you want to boost memory then eat your oily fish. Just increase your intake of oily fish like salmon, trout, sardines, herring and mackerel to increase your Vitamin A, D, selenium and Omega 3. Oily fish does this by preventing the formation of plaques.

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Oily fish to boost your memory

 

How are you going to include oily fish in your diet?  Don’t think memory problems can’t affect you. As we all grow older we need to boost our memory and to keep it fine tuned for our older years.