One of the worst human fears is the fear of public speaking. Another is the fear of death. But imagine that for some, the No. 1 fear can be dying whilst speaking in public





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Written by nialldevitt
4490 days ago

Hi Elaine, great post! I've fund that teaching people improvisation has worked to help overcome people's fears of presenting. I've also taken away their props such as powerpoint. People who fear public speaking, usually fear feeling or doing something silly in front of others. The trick I find is to get them more comfortable with doing just that. My experience is that once they do silly things in front of others, it becomes much less of an issue and the fear starts to go.



Written by elainerogers
4490 days ago

It is also agreed (mostly) that self-deprecation is empowering for an audience. I truly believe dancing in the moment and making use of improvisation, and sometimes acting a little silly, really does help to lighten a mood (if appropriate).

Of course peeling it back to basics as you suggest Niall allows us the opportunity to work on self, increase confidence, and be more fluid. Relying on slides can be more of a hindrance than a help for some.

Great comment Niall, thanks you for sharing your insights :)



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