Chapter 2: Overcoming Stage Fright

Giving the Best You've Got

Again, public speaking doesn't require you to be fearless. It requires that you give your best despite your fears. Recognize that the butterflies in your stomach may be uncomfortable for you but don't let them paralyze you and prevent you from achieving your goal.

So how can you do your best despite your fears? Use these tips:

  1. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) which you can further research by contacting Change That's Right Now (www.changethatsrightnow.com) in New York or Bright Life Phobia and Anxiety Release Center (www.fearintopower.com) in Los Angeles;
  2. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) which has practitioners listed on www.emofree.com; and
  3. The Lefkoe Method (TLM) which offers a fear reducing program that specifically deals with public speaking on www.speakingwithoutfear.com. Though none of these methods work the same for everyone, they do boast success rates as high as 97% and some programs offer money-back guarantees. Before you plunk down your cash, talk to other customers and conduct your research until you're convinced that a certain technique will work for you.

Hopefully, these suggestions will help you quell your fears the next time you need to give a speech. In the meantime, know that each time you speak in front of an audience, you'll become more comfortable and that your efforts to overcome your stage fight will be well worth it.


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