Do You Find Public Speaking A Challenge?

February 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

  by Clementine O’Shaughnessy, BA Hons, Dip Counselling, DHP, HPD, LHS

Have you ever clammed up at a party or found yourself tongue-tied at a meeting for fear of saying something stupid? This happens with the best of us – even though we are as intelligent as others in the room…

6 ways you can help yourself

• Pair up with person who is confident and out-going , or has a higher position within the group. In a social situation, this person can introduce you and keep talk flowing, or bring up your points in a business meeting and then throw you an opening into the conversation.

• Talk to the person running the meeting beforehand. Mention the points you want to discuss and ask for an opportunity to bring them up. Explain why you are asking.

• Prepare. In a business meeting, know what you want to say, practice your delivery and bring notes. This will help prevent you from being distracted by what others are saying.

• Rehearse the meeting / party going really well for a few seconds before you begin. If your brain has a mental picture of success- it will be more likely to present that in reality.

• Take a break. If you feel anxious or that your mental energy is dwindling, drink some water or go for a stroll to refresh your mind and body. Your mind and body often need re-setting like a computer.

• Realize others in the room are likely to feel the same way. Most of all – don’t beat yourself up about it – everyone gets nervous sometimes – it often looks endearing!


This blog post also appears on Clementine’s personal blog


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