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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.

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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.

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Two Ways To Reduce Public Speaking Fear

How can you shift from being an anxious public speaker to a more confident one?

For most speakers, the best way to create a positive speaking mindset comes down to the three Ps: preparation, practice and presenting experience.

But there are other useful techniques and perspective shifts that can help you manage your public speaking anxiety, and this post will focus on two: managing the pernicious “imposter syndrome” and creating a positive counterbalance.

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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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How To Reduce Public Speaking Fear Part One

An Introduction to Public Speaking Fear

If you’ve experienced public speaking anxiety, you’re far from alone. A 2001 Gallup poll found that 40 percent of Americans reported a fear of public speaking. But those numbers don’t tell the full story: most people’s public speaking anxiety is normal and, in many cases, helpful.

Given that anxiety is a common and frequently useful response, your goal shouldn’t be to eliminate your fear of public speaking. Reducing and managing anxiety are more realistic and productive goals that will help you feel more comfortable and prevent your body language from “leaking” distress signals to your audience that you didn’t intend to communicate.

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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,

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