Because fear of public speaking’s such a huge issue, any useful advice on it’s a great help – to speakers everywhere.
So I was delighted to find a really helpful video on that topic from speaking coach Alex Lyon.
In fact, Alex posted a pair of related videos in recent weeks.
In this post, I’ll focus on the 1st of those, which looks at ways your mindset can help to reduce your fear of public speaking. The 2nd video (which you’ll find at the end of this post) looks at ways your behaviour can help to lessen your nerves, too.
In the 1st video, I love how Alex starts:
“These tips will help you
cut your anxiety in half”
Alex Lyon, at 0:08
What a winning way to open! He doesn’t claim you can crush your nerves completely. And that distinction’s key to managing your fear – yet it’s all too easy to forget.
Here’s Alex’s 6-minute mindset video. (This clip skips his 40-second intro.)
For your easy reference, these are his 6 points:
- Nerves aren’t a sign of trouble (at 1:23)
- Half of what you’re feeling is excitement (2:03)
- You don’t look as nervous as you feel (2:50)
- Fear shrinks within a minute (3:56)
- Nerves don’t prevent a great job (4:39)
- Almost everyone’s rooting for you (5:23)
Over to you
For me, the most helpful insight in the video is to only try to reduce pre-speaking jitters by about half. What’s your biggest takeaway?