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    Public Speaking: How to Eliminate Fear

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    The very idea of
    public speaking scares many people. The hands begin to sweat, the
    heart seems to explode, strange shivers run through the body and voice
    remains as if paralyzed. In short, a disaster! But it doesn't always have to
    to be so…

    I feel too
    a little uncomfortable every time I have to face a new audience, however,
    the butterflies in my stomach remind me that I am alive and that I must
    pay more attention, be more aware and immersed in the situation, me
    they help to be totally present. Thus, with the passage of time, everything
    it depends on how these physiological symptoms are assumed and what the pace will be
    following. But before
    introduce some psychological techniques to control the fear of speaking in
    public, we will need to determine what specifically is causing this to us
    fear. Normally the fear of public speaking it depends
    from: - Fear of
    forget the words. - Belief that
    people who listen to us will think we are stupid or not enough
    at the height. - Fear of
    get so nervous that the speech will be unintelligible or illogical. - Fear of
    to make mistakes. - Fear in the face
    to the public reaction based on the idea that they will not accept the
    message we want to convey. At this point
    we can see that all these fears can be grouped into two categories: 1. Fear of making a mistake in the presentation;
    it depends on the fear of making a mistake that compromises the quality of the
    speech or presentation. 2. Fear of reaction; the fear that the
    public does not respond positively to the message. One way or another,
    at the base is always insecurity. To check
    the fear of making a mistake in the presentation is very effective anchoring technique. This technique
    considered a resource of Programming
    Neurolinguistica
    , is based in behavioral therapy and in establishing
    of conditioned reflexes. The main focus is on transmitting
    feelings of safety before and during the oral presentation itself,
    through the connection between different experiences. The steps of the
    anchoring techniques are very simple: 1. Remembering an experience
    in which we felt safe and confident, trying to make it the most
    real as possible, starting from the memory of the details and sensations that
    we tried. 2. Create the anchor,
    choosing a gesture that can be invisible to the public, such as for example
    close fist or put index finger and thumb together. 3. Repeat i
    points one and two but with different memories that evoke situations in which there
    we felt safe and confident. 4. Evaluate the anchorage,
    it is simply a matter of carrying out the gesture in the face of a situation that
    terrifies us and evaluate to what extent this gesture is able to calm us e
    offer us the necessary security to continue with our task. How can you
    imagine, the anchor is not obtained immediately, it is necessary to practice
    many times. Other ways of
    controlling fear of public speaking rely on repetition. Try
    the talk in front of family and friends who listen. Of course,
    these strategies do not entirely avoid the fact that to the same extent that
    the day of the speech approaches, tension and nervousness also increase. In
    this case it is necessary to change the perception of what we are experiencing. The
    butterflies in the stomach are just a physical signal that anticipates us that there
    we are preparing for an activity, a result of the production of adrenaline
    in our brain that we can both use to increase our own
    beware of that to increase fear. It all depends on our perspective.
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