Lying on the ground with his arms raised, he filled the space with a powerful exclamation “FREEDOM!”
No, it wasn’t a scene from the movie “Braveheart”. It was an expressive speech from someone who overcame the fear of public speaking.
Public speaking is one of the people’s biggest fears. I’ve heard that many are afraid of it even more than death, suggesting they’d prefer to be in the coffin than to give a Eulogy at a funeral (your choice).
Why is public speaking so scary?
In my opinion, it’s not the public speaking we’re afraid of. Public speaking is a tool that brings to the surface all our subconscious fears and suppressed emotions. The fear of being judged and rejected; making mistakes, not being significant (heard or seen), being different, not fitting in, the unknown, being out of control, not feeling good enough and so on.
When fears and emotions surface and the environment is supportive and nurturing the individual may continue leaning just outside their comfort zone, accepting emotions and dealing with fear, getting one step closer towards overcoming it.
As a Club President, I try to set the tone of the meetings and encourage making mistakes and experimenting in a safe space.
Mistakes are welcome – because they help us learn.
Laughter is welcome – because it means we’re enjoying ourselves (and that my jokes are not that bad).
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