Jerry Seinfeld, actor and comedian, once said “The average person at a funeral would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.” Is this how you feel? If it is you are not alone: fear of public speaking is commonplace and affects nearly 75% of the population. Indeed, survey after survey confirms that people fear public speaking more than death, divorce, and moving house………
Even seasoned professionals, politicians, actors and comedians, are notably affected by stage-fright:
• Harold Macmillan, former British Prime Minister, was well known for respecting the importance of his speeches by being violently sick just before delivering them;
• Ewan McGregor, the actor, was so anxious when playing Iago in Othello in London he was described as being “numb with fear” and now practises yoga to help him remain calm; and,
• Dame Helen Mirren, the famous stage and film actress, explains she was only able to give her Oscar acceptance speech because she had practised her words and delivery for days in advance – despite not knowing if she had won!
Public speaking, just like acting and comedy, is a discipline that easily claims its unprepared victims. Consequently, the number of performers who have suffered stress symptoms in these fields is legion. Yet with professional support you can convert your nervous energy into powerful performance. You can do this simply by using the progressive relaxation and mental rehearsal technique offered via SPEAK UP! – The Speakers College’s personal and group training programme.
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