7 Steps to Fearless Speaking

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The Five Fears

What is more mortifying than to
feel that you have missed the plum
for want of courage to shake
the tree?

LOGAN PEARSALL SMITH

Why do you have the fear of speaking?You've probably asked yourself that question many times and found no satisfactory answer. The only thing you know for sure is what happens when it comes time to speak in public: the panic, the dry throat, the struggle to remember everything you meant to say, the fear that the words might not come.I know you want to free yourself from that fear forever; that's why you've undertaken this program. Before we begin the cure, however, it will help to know the possible sources of your fear.I believe there are five basic sources of fear of speaking. They are:
1. Career terror
2. Perfectionism
3. Panic
4. Avoidance
5. Trauma

If you are like most of my students, your fear is rooted in more than one of these areas. Probably two or three. And as we study the Seven Steps, the sources of your fear will become evident.

It's important to understand the nature of each fear. When you can identify a fear as your own, you can begin to lessen the effect of it.

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