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Public Speaking Tip: Conquer Stage Fright

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

There are no office hours for leaders. - Cardinal J. Gibbons

There is no practical way to deal with nervousness but to deal with it squarely. Everyone in the business of public speaking understands the feeling of standing in front of a crowd and delivering your speech.

There has been no more dreadful experience than speaking in front of a huge crowd. In fact, in more than 1,000 people surveyed in a specific study, they would instead jokingly prefer to die instead of taking part in a public speaking engagement.

This supplies evidence that more than 86% of people object to delivering speeches and conducting talks, which exposes them to ridicule should mistakes arise.

Symptoms of Stage Fright

Let us face it; nobody is perfect. Famous orators, political leaders, leaders of nations, and even the most well-read scholars become fidgety before and during speeches. This fact puts you on an equal level with them and confirms its normality.

Despite these facts, people sometimes find it challenging to manage such situations and ruin such an important event. Among the symptoms of the above conditions are the following:

- Excessive perspiration (sweat)
- Unexplained nervousness
- A sudden drop in body temperature
- Abrupt onset of sore throat
- Dry lips and mouth
- Skin starts to look pale.
- Trembling knees, lips, and voice
- Increased palpitations
- Nauseating feeling
- Irregular breathing pattern
- Overpowering Stage Fright

Before devising plans to minimize the effects of social phobia, it is best to find the source of the nervousness, why it occurs and how you could lessen, if not ultimately abate, such physical anxiety.

Just as experts in the field suffer from such feelings, ordinary people need not be overly concerned that they are alone. The truth is, such physical tepidity is a fact.

Swart, Margolis, and Den Boer, three authorities in public speaking, articulated their views about speech and oration and the reason for the physiological responses of people undergoing such processes.

They commented on the truth that people expecting humiliation and fear of public inspection and examination become overly saturated to the point where one is no longer able to deliver a quality talk.

Perchance, if you are alive and you can respond to the many things happening in your environment, the feeling of anxiety, nervousness, and fear arising from such a situation prevails.

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