Unleash Your Inner Orator: Using Hypnosis to Improve Your Public Speaking Skill & Overcome Fear
Public speaking - also known as glossophobia - has been surveyed as being the number one fear, yes - even ahead of death - but it actually doesn't need to be! By going to the very source of the fear, it can be reversed, to the point where you truly begin to enjoy speaking in public. So here is the checklist...
Does Your Mouth Go Dry with Fear During Speeches?
Do Your Voice or Hands Get the 'Shakes'?
Do You Feel Thoughts of Panic, or Forget What You were Going to Say?
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No problem - this can be easily overcome, by going right to the source of the anxiety.
No matter whether it is delivering a keynote speech, giving a presentation at work, or speaking in front of a large audience, the fear of public speaking is a common fear.
Hypnosis can be an extremely powerful tool for public speaking. Just a few ways it can transform performance is by:
• overcoming fear of public speaking
• massively improving delivery
• connecting with your audience
• incorporating natural language patterns and hypnotic language
• making your performance smoother, easier, more enjoyable, engaging and persuasive
Basically it allows you to unlock your full potential and become the public speaker they were meant to be.
So what causes all these emotional symptoms when we speak in public? Purely and simply, the feeling that we will not be good enough.
This means that the symptoms of anxiety involve our levels of confidence and self esteem, as well as our knowledge and confidence in our topic. Of course, this manifests in different ways and in different types of thoughts - such as..
Common Causes of Speaking Fears
• Negative past experiences Negative experiences while giving a speech in the past, such as forgetting your lines or receiving criticism.
• Lack of confidence Lacking confidence in your abilities can create nervousness in front of an audience.
• Fear of judgment Many people worry about being judged or criticized by their audience, which can make them feel self-conscious and nervous.
• Social anxiety Social anxiety can cause extreme nervousness in not only social situations, but when giving speeches.
• Perfectionism If you are a perfectionist and set high expectations for yourself, you may feel pressure to deliver a flawless speech.
• Lack of preparation If you are unprepared for your speech, you may feel nervous and unsure of yourself.
• Physical symptoms These can manifest as sweating, shaking, and increased heart rate, which can make individuals feel embarrassed or self-conscious.
These doubts and fears from presentation nerves reside within the sub-conscious mind - which is why normal 'conscious' remedies simply do not work.
Luckily hypnosis and visualization work specifically in this area, and are powerful and effective methods of dealing with these symptoms.
For instance, regularly visualizing yourself (ie. mentally imagining yourself) performing a seamless speech can greatly improve speaking confidence, as this mentally rehearses the successful performance and helps to re-program the subconscious for a positive and successful performance.
This needs to be done regularly however, in order to overcome the existing 'program' that is already running, which is causing the current symptoms of fear during the performance.
Positive self-talk, also known as an affirmation or mantra, can also be useful - both as a preventative measure, and also to help deal with the symptoms before you are about to give a speech.
This is where you mentally repeat a positive-reinforcing statement in your mind, over and over again until the subconscious mind accepts it and acts upon it.
You can create your own statements, keeping them short, present-tense and positively-worded, and simply repeat them over and over again in your mind.
For instance, some possible affirmations might include: "everyone loves to hear me speak", "perfect, relaxed talk", "easy and effortless speech", "I am calm and relaxed", etc.
De-sensitization can also be helpful for overcoming fear of talking to groups and public speaking - which basically means to give as many talks to small organized groups of friends or family as you can, to de-sensitize yourself to talking in front of groups before you have to give the 'big' talk with a bigger crowd.
Meditation, relaxation exercises or vigorous exercise on the actual day of your talk, as well as some deep breathing exercises before the speech, can also help to alleviate some of the major symptoms of nerves.
But if you give public speeches fairly regularly, or if you need to ensure that you remove the symptoms from returning once and for all, then hypnosis is the most foolproof way of dealing with public speaking and presentation nerves.
As a speech can be a daunting task for most people, to be honest.
However, the use of hypnosis as a tool to enhance public speaking has become increasingly popular, as it can be used to improve performance, overcome fear, improve delivery, connect with audiences, and reduce anxiety.
Probably the most important benefit is its ability to overcome the crippling fear of talking in public, as the first thing it does is reduce your anxiety levels.
Hypnosis helps to calm both the mind and body, allowing you to feel more relaxed and at ease when you are out there - and that means less physical symptoms - such as anxiety, sweating, shaking, or rapid heartbeat.
Many people also have negative beliefs about their ability to perform well or connect with those who have turned up to hear you speak, and hypnosis works effectively here to replace these negative beliefs with positive and empowering beliefs. This can create transformational differences in confidence in your abilities and reassurance that all will be fine.
Needless to say, it can improve your delivery and communication (as well as non-verbal body language) by improving tone, pace, volume, timing, fluidity, clarity, confidence, facial expressions, body language, rapport, natural language patterns and eye contact - which make it easier to engage and connect.
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Stories are also an effective way to engage and connect, as they can be used to illustrate a point, provide context, or help them remember important information.
By using hypnosis to incorporate natural language patterns into their speech, individuals can make their performance more compelling and memorable.
Hypnosis can even be used to incorporate hypnotic language into a speech, such as embedded commands, presuppositions, and indirect suggestions - using natural language designed to influence, persuade, take a specific action or adopt a certain outlook.
Embedded commands are commands that are embedded within a sentence. They are designed to be subtle and to bypass the conscious mind.
An example of an embedded command is "You might want to consider this idea." The embedded command is "consider this idea." By using embedded commands, individuals can influence them without them even realizing it.
Presuppositions are assumptions that are embedded within a sentence. They are designed to create a sense of inevitability or to lead them to a specific conclusion.
An example of a presupposition is "When you decide to take action, you'll find that it's easier than you thought."
The presupposition is that they will take action. By using presuppositions, individuals can guide them to a specific conclusion or action.
Indirect suggestions are suggestions that are embedded within a sentence. They are designed to be subtle and to bypass the conscious mind.
An example of an indirect suggestion is "You might find that this approach works well for you." The indirect suggestion is that the audience should try the approach. By using indirect suggestions, individuals can influence them without them even realizing it.
Of course, there are also the slower, standard and longer-term methods, such as:
Practice One of the best ways to improve is through practice. The more an individual practices and rehearses, the more comfortable they will become with the material, and the more confident they will feel delivering it. Practice in front of a mirror or record it, to watch it back and analyze areas for improvement
Prepare Preparation is key to delivering the goods. This includes researching the topic, creating a clear outline, and writing the speech. By being well-prepared, you can feel more confident in your material and delivery
Know the audience It is important to know their demographics, interests, and knowledge level. This can help to tailor the speech to their tastes, and make it more engaging and relevant to them
Engage Engaging with them can help to create a connection and make the speech more memorable. This can include using humor, asking questions, or using visual aids to illustrate points
Use body language Body language can convey a lot about your confidence and enthusiasm. It is important to use positive body language, such as making eye contact, standing up straight, and using hand gestures to emphasize points
Speak clearly and confidently Speaking clearly and confidently can help to command attention and create a strong presence on stage. It is important to speak slowly and enunciate clearly, and to project your voice so that everyone can hear
Incorporate natural language patterns Natural language patterns, such as metaphors, stories, and analogies, can be used to make the talk more engaging and memorable
Record and review Recording the performance and watching it back can help to identify areas for improvement and refine delivery for future speeches
Feedback Getting feedback from others, such as peers or a coach, can be invaluable in improving performance. It is important to be open to constructive criticism and use it to make changes and improvements to future talks
But as mentioned earlier, hypnosis can work on all these aspects simultaneously, and is an invaluable tool for improving your skills, as well as helping to overcome anxiety.