Nervous yet?Articles of Interest . Awareness . Training notes
Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I’m from, this shouldn’t be a problem….
This really caught my eye because it is so true! Unless you are a practiced public speaker getting up in front of a group of people, even people you know can be a stressful experience. Why? Because, every time we speak in a public forum we put ourselves up for examination and potentially ridicule. Yet if we all feel this way then why should we feel so much personal anxiety? Confidence. Not confidence in public speaking, but confidence in what we are about to say. Our thoughts are just that, our thoughts, when we share them we expose part of ourselves. This is fairly easy when conversing with another person, it is intimate and comfortable. But add a few people to the mix, especially strangers and it takes the easy out of it. We begin to worry about how we sound and what people will think, if we will make a mistake, or if anyone will be interested. So what is the solution? Be confident, well I can say that but it doesn’t usually help…Duh! Actually one of the best ways to conquer this fear is to listen. That’s right, learn to listen. If you are listening to those around you, they are more apt to listen to you. If you are listening you are not worrying about what you may or may not say, removing much of the stress. Listening gives you a better grasp on the situation at hand making you more confident when you speak. Listening the confidence builder…who knew!
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