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A Caveman’s Guide to Public Speaking: Fight, Flight or Freeze
(Day 25, Speaking Palooza 2019)

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July is Freedom from Fear of Speaking Month and to celebrate, I’ve invited a team of speaking experts to share their best tips and tricks for improving your speaking skills and overcoming speaking anxiety.

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A Caveman’s Guide to Public Speaking: Fight, Flight or Freeze

By Guest Expert Alyson Connolly

In this video, public speaking coach Alyson Connolly shares some strategies for overcoming the anxious feelings that often come with speaking, including a bit about how these feelings evolved.

Highlights from the Video

  • Understanding anxiety
  • Why you get anxious
  • Strategies for overcoming speaking anxiety

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About Alyson Connolly

Alyson ConnollyAlyson Connolly is a public speaking coach and an expert in helping people overcome the anxiety of public presentations. She also works with clients who are good but want to be great and whose accents gets in the way of their clarity.

Alyson received a Masters in Theatre Voice Pedagogy from the University of Alberta. Her thesis was on “Alleviating Performance Anxiety in Public Presenters”. She offers her Painless Public Speaking workshops and Elite Presentation Master Classes to organizations and also coaches people one-on-one.

She began her career as a professional actor after earning her BFA (Acting) at the University of Alberta. She is also a keynote speaker and brings to her work thirty years of experience teaching drama, directing plays and musicals and on-stage performance.


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This post is part of Speaking Palooza. Created by Carma Spence, author of the award-winning, bestselling book Public Speaking Super Powers, it is a month-long event bringing together a wide variety of speaking experts from throughout the English-speaking world to help you overcome the fear of speaking and become a better speaker.

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