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.
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 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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Want more information on how to overcome the fear of speaking? Check out the first post in Speaking Palooza 2019: The ultimate guide.
Does Speaking Make You Nervous?
Discover 13 practices that will help alleviate your presentation fears and anxiety.
Inside You’ll Learn:
- Five ways to reduce anxiety before your audience arrives.
- Four practices to reduce anxiety as your audience arrives.
- Four things you can do to calm down right before stepping up to the platform.