Your heart is racing. Your breathing is short. Your hands are shaking. If you could sink through the floor, you would. As much as you wanted to leave it at the door, your fear of public speaking has accompanied you right to the front of the room.
Welcome to one of the fundamental challenges of public speaking. When harnessed correctly, this fear can be a powerful motivator. If left unchecked, this fear can trigger lingering anxiety – the kind that derails presentations.
In this post, we look at where that fear comes from, how to reduce its out-sized impact on presentations, and how to employ the techniques that will make your future talks far less painful – or even, dare we say, enjoyable.