The Importance Of Getting To “F*ck It”

It’s not uncommon to work with a client who feels particularly anxious about delivering a practice talk in front of their peers and whose early practice talks feel too restrained to be effective.

When that happens, we provide coaching intended to build their confidence. We might encourage the trainee to incorporate a new technique, try a new hook, or to abandon their slides and speak extemporaneously.

But while that approach works for most people, it didn’t get three of our clients where we wanted them to be. That’s when an interesting moment occurred for each of them.


Three Physical Exercises To Help Reduce Your Speaking Anxiety

In the first four parts of our series about reducing the fear of public speaking, we focused primarily on creating a new public speaking mindset.

In this final post, we’ll shift the focus to three physical exercises — slow breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and aerobic exercise — that have been scientifically proven to be effective anxiety reducers.

I hope these tips help to build your confidence, reduce your stress, and make you (gasp!) enjoy the speaking experience.


Four More Ways To Reduce Public Speaking Fear

In the latest post in our series on reducing the fear of public speaking, you’ll learn four great strategies to help you feel more comfortable when you hit the stage.

You’ll learn how to rewrite automatic thoughts, reappraise your fear as a more positive feeling, contextualize your fear, and flip the formula to adopt a service-oriented mentality.

All four strategies might resonate for you. Maybe just one or two will. Read on, pick the ones that work for you, and get ready to use them in your next presentation.

How To Reduce Public Speaking Fear Part Two

The Public Speaking Mind-Body Connection

If you’re feeling joyous, there’s a good chance you’re smiling. If you’re feeling sad, you might be wearing a slight frown with downcast eyes and maybe even a few tears.

None of that is surprising. But what if the opposite was true? What if we were not feeling happy but forced ourselves to smile anyway? Could that facial adjustment—whether genuine or not—help transform our mood and “trick” our brains into thinking we’re happier than we really are?

Several fascinating studies say ‘yes.’ Here’s how to take advantage of that as a speaker.


The Eight Causes Of Public Speaking Fear

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Gary Genard’s new book, “Fearless Speaking: Beat Your Anxiety, Build Your Confidence, Change Your Life,” which I reviewed here.

Please complete the sections below concerning the eight causes of speech anxiety. Answer the questions honestly and candidly. Your answers will help you know whether you have speaking fear,


The Most Morbid Pep Talk You’ll Ever Hear

I’ve always enjoyed looking at old photographs featuring groups of people.

The photo might be of a group of fraternity brothers from 1899. Or a junior high school class from 1912. Or a company’s board of directors from 1925.

The photo below, taken of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Mississippi’s Jefferson College on June 24, 1884,

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