I have this demented delusion that I enjoy public speaking (actually, I LOVE radio interviews and teleclasses and TV) only to find myself on the verge of puking and wanting to curl up into a fetal position before each live event.
Laurence Olivier and Barbra Streisand are notorious for the same affliction: what we experience as anxiety is really that adrenaline we need to perform.
As for those in-the moment-fears… I was a professional ballerina 30 (gasp!) years ago. You CANNOT pay attention to the details while you perform. You’ll trip. It’s like driving: focus way ahead to stay on track.
BTW, I usually have a moment when I speak when I think, “I’m really SUCKING!” Then I pull it together. No one knows.
If you have PASSION and ANIMATION for what you’re speaking about, your audience will forgive almost anything. Most of the speakers they’ve seen have been deathly dull. Entertain your audience and they’ll love you for it.
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