“Are You Still Looking for a Secret Pill?”
In a previous post I identified preparation as the most important consideration for managing your speaking anxiety.
In this post I speak about how converting negative energy to positive energy can have a significant impact on your anxiety levels. You only have so much energy. When you are anxious about public speaking most of that energy is channelled in a negative way. You become keenly aware of your anxiety that it is your focus of attention.
Shifting that focus to something constructive can convert that energy in a positive way. If you put emphasis on eye contact when you speak you peel away some of the negative energy. The same is true if you focus on other aspects such as vocal variety, facial expression, gestures and body language. All of these are positive uses of your energy and leave less energy for being anxious.
When you focus on your audience and how you deliver your message you shift your energy to something constructive and reduce your speaking anxiety.