Even the best speakers have a fear or anxiety about speaking. Mahatma Gandhi, during his student life, suffered from frequent panic attacks. He had a particularly agonizing experience during a speech he was asked to give to a vegetarian community in London. After reading one line from the message he had prepared, he could no longer speak and asked someone else to read the rest of the speech for him. Warren Buffet was once a college student who was “terrified” of getting up and saying his name. Barbra Streisand stopped singing for years due to her anxiety about speaking.
It is said that for some people, the fear is so strong they'd rather be the one being eulogized, than the one giving the eulogy. There's nothing wrong being a little nervous before you speak. In fact, a little bit of adrenalin is good because it keeps you alert, focused, and energized as you speak.
Fear shows up in different ways. It could be the fear of failure, fear of rejection, or fear of success. The fear can manifest itself in ways that we’re not always aware of. Some signs of hidden fear are procrastination, distraction, excuses, feeling stuck, feeling overwhelmed, negative beliefs, worried, and anxious.
Whenever we step into something new or take on something we’ve never done before, it’s not uncommon to experience fear. We remember our past failures and pull back to avoid them happening again. I invite you to consider what happened in the past is over and will not happen again. We don’t know what is going to happen in the future. We only have the present moment.
Be in the present and create action steps to take. By taking action will help you diminish the feeling of fear. Remind yourself of the message you want to deliver to your audience.
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