Tue, 29 April 2014
What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you on stage? For most of us, nothing notable has ever happened, yet a majority of the population still experiences fear when asked to address a large group. As a public speaking instructor, I’ve seen students experience some anxiety surrounding speech day. I’ve seen crying, hysterical laughing, and I’ve even had someone faint on stage. It’s normal. And, it isn’t just students. Some grown men and women experience stage fright as well.
Luckily, most of us don’t ever experience extreme anxiety, the kind that leads to physical symptoms severe enough to draw attention from our audience.
But, many of us do alter our delivery because of our nerves. Sometimes it is as little as a quiet voice, or an increase in pace. Sometimes its the death grip on the podium. Sometimes, the tension is just so distracting that we aren’t able to be ourselves. The result? Our speech is void of any personality, we lose the chance to connect with our audience, making our message far less effective.
Tension can affect us when we’re on stage, sure, but it can also affect smaller settings, such as group communication, video recordings or even one-on-one.
For over 30 years, Laurie Burton has been telling and showing individuals and groups, CEO's of Fortune 500 companies, small business owners, college students and clients how to take the stage with confidence and conviction, using the art of expressive communication
Today, Laurie shares some activities that you can do to improve your expressive communication and overcome that tension. She draws on her experience as an actress to show us how to put emotions behind our words, even when in a tense situation. Laurie also shares multiple videos to help you master the hand shake and introduction and you can find those in the show notes at clearly influential.com/show/ - look for episode 5.