Fight or Flight:
Using Your Body’s Response to Fear to Give a Better Speech

frightenedEvery time I stand up to give a speech, my stomach does flip flops because, for some reason, my body thinks that standing up in front of an audience to speak is just like facing a great danger to my person.

My body prepares for fight or flight.

I’m sure you’ve had this experience, too. Most people do.

Your hands may sweat. Your ears may burn. You may even loose your appetite. This nervous energy can make you want to run away and run away quickly.

But you have another choice.

You can channel that nervous energy into a great speech. You can harness it to give your presentation enthusiasm. And, though you may not realize it, this is a choice.

Don’t let you body tell you what to do — take charge. Choose to use that “fight or flight” energy to fight! Choose to use that energy to infuse your presentation with earnest enthusiasm. As you do this, you’ll notice that the nervous energy dissipates and your confidences soars.

About Carma

Carma Spence, author of Public Speaking Super Powers, is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and science communication. She is a multi-dimensional entrepreneur, a certified life coach, science fiction writer and poet. She is able to see people's brilliance and help them bring their genius to light. The wind beneath her clients’ wings, Carma provides creative entrepreneurs with expert advice on branding and online presence, as well as the emotional support necessary to carve out their niche for success online. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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