What is holding you back? A Guide to identifying your concerns with public speaking
From communications coach Monty Leigh: A guide on how to identify the core issue that is making Public Speaking a challenge. What are your roadblocks?
We have all experienced it. Stage fright. You are well prepared, well versed, well practiced - but the moment you step in front of a crowd (or your colleagues) you feel a sinking feeling in your stomach. You start to sweat, your words seem stiff and incoherent and you rush through your points.
What happens after? Your presentation or speech has not been digested properly, and all of your wonderful ideas that you spent hours working on seem to not have landed how you intended.
It is highly frustrating, and as a communications coach, I know that for some people it is totally unpredictable. You feel wholeheartedly ready, and then it just hits.
My theory on why this happens: you have not identifed your real issue with talking publicly. Often, we try and combat stage fright with learning more performance techniques - but this isn't productive as we have not dealt with the underlying issue which will not go away with tongue twisters.
Yes, I suppose I am advocating part therapy/part coaching, but the therapy part you can do alone. What you must identify is:
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THE 4 CHAMPIONS & THE 4 MONSTERS
4 Champions of performance - Who has/is supporting you when performing publicly?
4 Monsters (Yes, it can be your boss) - Who has/is put you in distress or discomfort when performing?
Once we know that, we have something to work with. We undo the feelings that manifest from these specific incidents.
If you sign up to hourly Coaching with Monty Leigh, you will be asked to do various bits of homework prior to the session to identify these issues, then we can work on pieceing together a new, improved performer with no hang-ups.