They say that people fear speaking in public more than they fear death, not that I have any desire to put it to the test mind you! The fear of speaking in public essentially derives from two basic psychological and practical standpoints.
- The concerns and worries we have about ourself, as in, the way we think about what other people think of us. This usually has its base in what we think about ourself. The rationale being, if I don’t think much of me; why should anyone else!
- That we are not comfortable doing things that we do not do well. Added to this is our own thoughts when observing others making a hash of something. Again the same personal rationale, as above, kicks in, in that, what we think of them, is what we think others will think of us!
Of course these are generalizations but they do hold sway to a large extent for the masses. There are always exceptions and I guess most will likely incline towards a career in acting or public office. And that is a healthy way to be, at least in the context of being able to speak in public.
That said, even some of the most famous of public figures have their moments. For example, who’d have believed that Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts, Anthony Quinn, Rowan Atkinson and Samuel L Jackson would have had the fear of speaking in public (see for yourself)?
In order to overcome this fear in ourselves, it can be useful to align to such people. I remember as a young teenager playing the air guitar to Cliff Richards and the Shadows. What was magic about doing that, was the feelings that stirred inside of me, that actual belief that I was producing the sounds, replete with the feelings of being a famous rock star! It is this exact same process (imagination) that allows hypnosis to reshape the way our brain and mind work.
In part that is why so many public speaking coaches get the clients to practice in front of a mirror; seeing is believing! Again, in hypnotherapy the mirror is in your minds eye and the skillful hypnotist will tickle your senses, create images that are not actually there, with sounds that can only be heard in the privacy of your mind, yet, that is all it takes to take you from a trembling wreck to a confident, interesting and amusing speaker. The proof to support this is found in dreams, who hasn’t had a dream of falling? While you lay flat on your back at ground zero, your find is tumbling and falling, you feel the rush as you hurtle toward the earth with certain death and the bottom, your heart races, your body and palms sweat and then WHAM! Of course nothing actually happened, other than the realisation that it was all a dream but boy oh boy; did it feel real?
That is the power of the mind and it is this, natural and instinctive part of your mind that we utilize in hypnosis.
So, if you want to talk in public, and enjoy it, then get with the programme, i.e. the talk yourself to the top with Hypnotherapy programme!
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