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Terrified of public speaking?

posted 18 Mar 2015, 06:11 by Tracy Wilkinson   [ updated 25 Mar 2015, 02:49 ]
If your heart beats faster than ever, your palms are sweaty, your hands are shaking and you have butterflies in your stomach before public speaking, you are not alone.  

Did you know that Richard Branson had the same problem?   He decided that the best way to get over his fear was to image the audience as his friends and he is having a chat with them in his living room.  

This correlates with the advice I give my students about telling a story in presentations.  If you tell a story you don't have to worry about remembering abstract data, which means that it is very unlikely that you will freeze.  But also, if you imagine you are telling your friends a story you'll note that your brain is very used to that.  We tell hundreds of stories every day.  By contrast, your brain is not used to being put on the spot in front of, say 300 people.  

So, turn it around.  Imagine being in your living room with your friends telling them your story about the topic you want to convey.