In my previous post I wrote about what it takes for a professional speaker to improve their optimism. You probably won’t like what you read, but it works.
Here’s a time when “life” happened to me and it threatened my optimistic look on life.
Truth be told, I don’t consider myself an optimist. I know Murphy’s Law. But I am not a pessimist either.
I am a realist who enjoys the challenges (sometimes!) that come my way regardless of my best efforts to avoid them.
I was presenting to a group in Manila not long ago. The organizers were great folk and had asked for copies of our presentations. And I obliged. Except for the part where I fiddled with my presentation up to the point of going on stage and did NOT sent the updated versions to the organizers.
The venue had a helper-bee standing by for any problems that might creep up. In my case she was a little college kid wanting to make use of her English ability in a volunteer capacity.
The only reason I knew she was there was because I asked her to bring me a bottle of water.
About a third of the way into my presentation my PC died. Black screen. Whoa!
I looked at her for literally a split second, long enough to say, “Can you bring up my copy I sent you?”
And I kept on talking, painting word pictures instead of pointing to points on the screen.
Seriously – less than 4 minutes later, she had the backup computer plugged in to the projector and my reserve slide presentation displaying. Out dated by a few revisions but plenty useful.
And I went on as if nothing had happened.
I don’t wish this experience on anyone, but the more this kind of thing happens and you get through it, the less fearful you are of future such events giving you, maybe even making you more optimistic.
Things do work out. But usually if you work them out.
In the feedback from the attendees somebody wrote: “How wonderful it was that the technical difficulties did not stop the presenter. Impressive.”
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Who doesn’t feel their heart rate and blood pressure go up before giving a speech? You lie if you say you don’t! We all get a little dry in the throat and begin to sweat before heading out on stage. I used to sweat so much that I now wear nylon undershirts so it doesn’t bleed through.
The symptoms of Glossophobia are having an intense self-doubt prior to having to verbally communicate to a group. Another is when you go out of your way to avoid events where you may be called on to give a talk (hide under the radar?). Finally, intense Glossophobia can lead to nausea, and a real anxiety attack.
So how do you overcome it? If you want to succeed in the world – your platform has to include speaking. Take training courses in public speaking. Join Toastmasters International, POWERtalk International or the Association of Speakers Clubs. The more you are in front of people, the less you will suffer from Glossophobia.