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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.

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Monty Python: Walking Your Way To A Better Speech

Through his pioneering body language research, psychologist Paul Ekman found that a feedback loop exists between the physical actions you take and the emotions you feel.

“If you put on your face all of the muscular movements for an emotion, that emotion will generally begin to occur…Our research shows that if you make those movements on

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The Death of Desdemona by Eugène Ferdinand Victor Delacroix

Body Language: Why You Should Avoid Othello’s Error

In Shakespeare’s Othello, Othello is tricked into believing that his wife, Desdemona, cheated on him with his Lieutenant. When he confronts Desdemona, she weeps—a sign, Othello concludes, of her guilt. In a rage, Othello murders her, only to learn shortly thereafter that she hadn’t committed adultery after all.

Othello made the mistake of assuming that he

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