Tag Archives: overcoming fear

A drink to calm your nerves? Don’t do it!

Alcohol is never the answer! Instead of drinking on the day, overcome your fear in advance by making sure you know what you’re doing. Continue reading

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It starts with having something to say

Successful public speaking is about conveying a message. It starts with having something to say. Continue reading

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Public speaking: it’s nothing to be afraid of

What have public speaking and travelling on the Paris metro got in common? They are both considered, by some, to be scary. Here’s how to overcome fear of these and other activities. Continue reading

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Fear of public speaking: take what’s useful and ditch the rest

Rational fear is productive: irrational fear is destructive. You CAN overcome irrational fear, but only if you stare it in the face. Continue reading

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Knowledge and skills chase away fear

Like many activities, public speaking is scary when – and because – you don’t know how to do it. Learn the techniques and the fear dissolves. Continue reading

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Public speaking is like teaching

I’m surprised how many teachers, fearless when surrounded by potentially hostile teenagers, are terrified at the idea of addressing a group of adults. Teaching skills are fundamental to successful public speaking, so if you’re a teacher worried about public speaking, … Continue reading

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Expand your comfort zone

One of the best presents I got for Christmas was a book called Microadventures by Alastair Humphreys. It’s a collection of ideas for ways to challenge yourself in the Great Outdoors and thereby expand your comfort zone, written for people … Continue reading

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