“It’s Not a Secret Pill”
No, it’s not a secret pill, but I think this third instalment on how to effectively handle speaking speaking anxiety is as close as it gets.
In the first post I spoke about the importance of preparation. If you are not prepared it is almost impossible to be confident and comfortable speaking. Remember that preparation includes proper rehearsal of your delivery.
In the second post I talked about converting the negative energy that goes into being anxious and converting it to positive energy by focusing on something constructive like eye contact, vocal variety, facial expression, etc.
In this post I share the power of breathing. I have often heard it said that you should take a few deep breaths before you start to calm yourself down. I agree with the concept and have taken it even further. About two months ago I viewed a short video on meditation done by a monk. He advised that we can meditate anytime, anywhere. He spoke about how we all have monkey brains that are constantly chattering. In order to quiet the chatter he suggested that we give our monkey brain a task. The task he suggested was to pay attention to our breath; “breathing in, breathing out”. We only need to do it 2-3 times to reap benefits from it. Using this technique just before we speak can be very effective at managing our anxieties.
Yes, breathing is good but focusing on our breathing is even more powerful.