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Lose the Fear of Public Speaking

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July is Freedom from Fear of Public Speaking Month. Not being afraid, anxious or nervous in front of an audience is a goal for many people, but I’m not sure it is the right goal.

What does “freedom from fear of public speaking” mean to me?
First, it does not mean the absence of fear. It is only natural to feel at least a little nervous when in public speaking situations. Some will tell you that they don’t feel nervous at all … I think they’re lying, even to themselves. I think the nerves are there, but they’ve learned to sublimate and harness those anxious feelings to the point where they don’t even recognize them any more.

Freedom from the fear of speaking for me is attaining a balance or equilibrium with your natural nervousness so that it no longer stops you from accomplishing what you set out to accomplish.

You’ll sometimes hear this phrased as “making those butterflies in your stomach fly in formation.”

Susan Jeffers, PhD, wrote a book called Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and I believe that’s the key. Don’t let fear stop you from doing what you want to do. Feel it, accept it, and move on.

With enough practice and experience, you’ll find that you may become one of those people who don’t think they get nervous when they get up to speak. And, if you don’t end up succumbing to this delusion, you’ll still know how to harness your nervous energy to make your presentations more powerful and engaging.


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About the author

Carma Spence, The Own Your Awesome Mentor, is author of Public Speaking Super Powers. She is fiercely committed to guiding women to Owning their Awesome and turning it into a profitable business. She is masterful at helping her clients see what is possible for them and supporting them on the journey from where they are to where they want to be, releasing the Mind Goblins of self-doubt, self-sabotage and second-guessing that keep them stuck.

With 20+ years experience in marketing communications and public relations, natural intuitive skills and certification in using some of the most effective transformational coaching tools available, Carma’s mission and commitment is to unleash the inner power every woman entrepreneur possesses so they can boldly go out into the world, transforming the fabric of people’s lives in meaningful and positive ways.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Her website is CarmaSpence.com.

2 comments on “Lose the Fear of Public Speaking”

    • Carma

      I agree that an entire month seems excessive, but I didn’t make it up. 🙂

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