Tips and tricks to tackle Glossophobia – stagefright –

Survey after survey lists The Fear of Public Speaking at the top of the ‘Fear List’ most people have. Some say they would rather die than stand in front of an audience and deliver a speech. What a pity, because it holds many back from reaching their potential. Up to seventy-five percent of the population, to one degree, or another, has this dread.

There’s even a word for it – Glossophobia. Glosso from the Greek, meaning tongue, and Phobus, fear. Important to note here, is glossophobia is a w-o-r-d, not a disease, and it can be lessened! Preparation, practice, coaching, become self-confident: the basics!  Breathing techniques to focus, to get control, to take distance: key! After my keynote speech about public speaking, last friday,  5 september, in Vevey, people told – as a realtime ‘exercise’ – on stage, in front of their colleagues, their action plan. ‘Preparation, meeting the audience’s needs, using body awareness and body language, using pauses…’  Easy to say, challenging to do, but it is a good start. Begin with defining one action and work on it.

Nestle zaal  Fantastic accommodation in Vevey to do a keynote: large stage !

A summary of 10 tips once you’re on stage, with or without feeling  glossophobia – stage fright -: Breathing and visualization  techniques 5 minutes before the start, off you go:

On stage: you set the pace

  1. Start off with courage and strength: you’re the performer
  2. Position on stage, left, right, middle, front, rear, in the spotlight
  3. Body awareness: use it
  4. Walking or standing, walking and standing still
  5. Regain the attention of your audience
    1. Body language
    2. Music
    3. Picture
  6. Timing of humor, main topic, key messages of your story
  7. Call to action to the audience: “what will you remember most?”
  8. Ask them: “What will you really change, what will you apply”
  9. Strong closing: Short, sharp, clear conclusion
  10. Leave your mark forever in their minds

Good luck and enjoy every improvement!

Wim