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Sunday, February 20th, 2011
My final post is a list of exercises to try to help manage and beat public speaking fear. The more you put into them the more you will get out of them. Don’t hold back to build your confidence and speak with confidence.
The Public Speaking Fear Drills
On your own, or with a couple of other people in front of an audience or group of friends do the following exercises,:
With an imaginary ax, chop wood although calling to the audience, “Timber, timber, timber!” Repeat.
While churning energetically with an old-fashioned churn,shout, “Watch the butter fly! Watch the butter fly Watch the .
butter fly!” Repeat, opening the eyes as wide as achievable whilst you talk
Pretend you are ship-wrecked at sea. Although you are fighting sharks with one
hand, wave to another ship and cry, “Ship ahoy! Ship ahoy! Ship ahoy!”
Wave to a friend a block away. He can’t hear you so start waving and loudly calling, “Hello, there”
With an imaginary swatter move all around the platform saying vigorously, “Swat that fly! Swat that fly!” Swat as you
exclaim, and keep the exercise up for a full half minute.
Imagine honey bees inside your hair. brush them out with your hands as you jump around crying, “Take ‘em away!” Keep this up for twenty seconds. Repeat should you still have the energy.
Deliver a two minute “I Am the Greatest!” speech. Brag about anything you please, but actually brag. In this drill see how obnoxious and egotistical it is possible to be.
Count to fifty with spirit. Again count to fifty , this time as an angry or a happy man would count.Exaggerate this.
Imitate a few of of the following characters (in speech and manner):
a. Loud-mouthed Charlie Bratton.
b. A baseball umpire proud of his position.
c. An angry basketball player.
d. An excited fan at a basketball game.
e. A talkative intoxicated man.
f. A giggling school-girl.
g. A gossiping old woman
h. A grumpy old man
Make a spirited talk for 45 seconds on this topic: Men are far better
drivers than , or, women are much better drivers than men.
Talk for a minute about some of the following terms:
These drills can help anyone with public speaking fear that is not acute. When you have something more please see a qualified specialist.
Public Speaking Fear Summary
Public speaking fear is a common fear. Many of the confident speakers today have suffered from this fear. With some understanding, application of speech drill like the above or other simple techniques they have built their confidence up. If others have beaten their public speaking fear than you can to. Keep at it, trying different things, practicing and giving speeches and presentations you will beat your public speaking fear to be able to speak with confidence to any size audience
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Public speaking fear is a natural fear that is common among many people. Although it is natural it came be overcome and the benefits of being a confident speaker can be enjoyed by anyone who has this natural fear. Performing speech drills is one way to overcome the public speaking fear.
My second speech drill (see previous post for the first) is for a speaker to tell and show the way to do any activity “which he is very familiar with, for example, – swimming, golf, volleyball, boxing, fishing, rowing, jumping a rope, playing basketball,etc.
Or he may well pick an object (anything) and rave about its values to an imaginary or real audience. He talks about the item as though it was worth a million dollars, pleads with men and women to get it, tells and shows them why they will need it. He puts his entire heart, body, and soul into the drill – despite the fact that realizing it’s only a drill and far much more exaggerated than any speaking he will genuinely do in public. But such drilling will pay a speaker large dividends by giving him freedom of spirit and fearless force when he does speak in public.
Speech exercises which call for violent, exaggerated physical action will help an individual lose the inhibitions which contribute to fear. They’re somewhat like a strong man lifting heavy weights. Since the strong man has become accustomed to lifting heavy weights he can lift ordinary objects as though they were just feathers. Similarly, when a speaker does heavy drills, successfully appearing in front of any any audience becomes like a walk in the park for him. When he can do ridiculous stunts just before an audience, speaking sensibly for listeners is comparatively simple.
Public Speaking Fear Drills Purpose
The purpose of drills is to assist in control and direct nervous energy as opposed to check or kill it.
Some students appear to have the mistaken idea about controlling public speaking fear. For example, one said, “When I’m up there speaking I wish I could really feel just like a block of wood.”
What type of speech could a block of wood make? Would that young man prefer being a dead mule to being a race horse eager at the bit?
Really, to speak well, we ought to feel a challenge when we face an audience. We maintain all our nervous energy, but we focus it to work positively as opposed to in a confused and distressing way.
Therefore public speaking fear is overcome and used to perform at your best when making a speech.
My next post will have some more speech drills and exercising for defeating your public speaking fear.
Sunday, February 13th, 2011
Another way to beat public speaking fear is through speech drills.
Public Speaking Fear Drill No. 1
Speech drilling, which requires a person to speak with exaggerated force and big gestures, will help overcome stage fright. For instance, in private practice or with other students, do the following speech laboratory exercises:
Choose a favorite hobby (your most active one.) Tell and show an imaginary audience how to take part in it. Do this with much pep. Put zip, spirit, and sparkle into your tones. Let your feelings show in your face, eyes and body. Overdo it! Feel that people must share your hobby, not tomorrow or next week, but as you talk about it.
Talk with force and pep, much louder and faster than you usually talk, and with an active body from head to toe. This is only a speech drill so don’t be afraid of high pressure or any¬thing else. As you talk nod your head vigorously (when the thought calls for it), shake your fist, or point directly and force¬fully to demonstrate a point. Make any kind of bodily move¬ments that will explain or emphasize. But make all movements big and positive. No little, easy, timid movements.
Speak earnestly with your eyes and face. Plead with them. Plead wih your whole being for your audience to believe and act upon your ideas. Be so much in earnest an audience must believe.
-Please don’t get tired or dismiss this practice as nonsense. Do the drill again and again — today, tomorrow, next week, next month. Give this exercise a few vigorous minutes often. No soft peddling, please. It is work. Sweat at it. Hit it hard, and then forget it until next time. The purpose of this drill is to cause a speaker to become so excited about his subject he forgets to be afraid. He should talk with intense excitement, like a kid with a new toy — wild with joy. Such practice – will help a speaker break the stiff shell which reserved habits have built abound him.
Try this out and see how your confidence builds and your public speaking fear starts to recede. I’ll have another drill you can use for victory over public speaking fear.
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Public speaking fear can stop even the biggest and strongest in their tracks. But fear not it can be beaten.
Talking enthusiastically upon a subject which a person knows well and is deeply interested in sharing will help overcome public speaking fear.
For example, at a large university a physical education major, built like an All-American fullback, enrolled in a speech course. One wouldn’t think a big he-man like him would, tremble in his socks when he stood before a speech class. But he did.
His face took turns being pink and white as he grasped his notes in trembling vice-like fingers, and stumbled through a speech which he didn’t really want to deliver in the first place.
Wanting to help him control that demon, fear, his teacher suggested that next time, instead of talking from notes he talk on some subject which he knew by “heart.” Not a memorized talk, but one which would bubble right out of his nature.
Would he talk about something he really knew, and knew he knew?
He could, and did. Next time he talked about tumbling. . And could he tumble? All over the place, and talking all the while.
Now there were no trembling hands, no shaking in his socks, no dry bones rattling or thick tongue because the speaker was too busy communicating vital ideas to be afraid. What a victory over fear!
I have some more tips on beating public speaking fear to follow. If you want to you can overcome public speaking fear and use the power of confident speaking to move your career, business etc forward.
Saturday, February 5th, 2011
Is the fear of public speaking passed down the generations? From father to son, mother to daughter and promoted by society?
In high school Billy “acts up” when he is with the gang. But when he tries to make an announcement about basketball during assembly (with important people listening), his knees begin tapping like old dry bones, and his tongue is. so thick he can hardly blurt out a few stumbling words.
Then this boy who once bravely raved about fire trucks takes a deep breath and sighs to himself, “I’m glad that’s over, and I hope I never have to do it again.”
Billy grows up. He marries.
And one day Billy, Junior rushed into the house yelling. Daddy, Daddy! Look! Look at the circus parade. Elephants and everything! Look, Look!”
But Billy, Senior, who once saw red fire trucks, looked up prudishly from his newspaper, and said, “Yes, yes, son. I know. Go play with your blocks. Don’t bother Daddy.”
So the vicious circle expands.
People learn to kill their spirits. They become afraid to speak. Frequently they hear, “It is better to remain quiet and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubts.”
So even when we know we have excellent ideas we may be afraid to express them. We might make a mistake. Other people are surely smarter than we. Somebody might laugh! — or think, “What a big dummy!”
We’re not going to be that kind, of dummy. So we say nothing and remain a real dummy.
People learn the fear of public speaking largely because of the stops imposed upon them by culture. “Be a good listener. Silence is golden,” are common ideas. And this is good advice. But people should speak up and out, too. We must observe rules and convention, we need stop lights, but we can’t get far without go1 signals also. We must “snap out” of this emotional straight jacket which well-meaning, but mis-undertsanding people have slapped upon us.
OK. It’s great to know the fear of public speaking is not in our genes. But what can you do about it. In my next post in my series on the fear of public speaking, I will start to look at ways to overcome the fear of public speaking.