CHAPTER 1Surveys show that people are more afraid of speaking in public
than of dying. In other words, at a funeral they would rather be
in the coffin than giving the eulogy! Only about 20 percent of people
rarely get nervous when they give a speech and even professional
speakers can get butterflies before a major presentation. But no matter what your symptoms might be—the heart pounds, hands go cold,
voice quivers—there are many things that can be done to calm down
and speak confidently.
The Physiology of FearIt is okay to be quite anxious before you speak in public. Almost
everyone is much of the time. But it is also largely unnecessary, so
before you hit the panic button when you are asked to speak, learn
about how to manage the symptoms of fear including:
|• ||Heart beating rapidly|
|• ||Clammy hands and feet|
|• ||Legs and hands trembling|
|• ||Rapid breathing and dizziness|
|• ||Knotted or queasy stomach|
|• ||Dry mouth|
|• ||Thin or squeaky voice|
|• ||Difficulty concentrating or remembering things|
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Book title: The Everything Public Speaking Book: Delivering a Winning Presentation Every Time!.
Contributors: Scott S. Smith - Author.
Publisher: Adams Media.
Place of publication: Avon, MA.
Publication year: 2008.
Page number: 1.
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