Rae Stonehouse

Rae Stonehouse

This question appears to have been kicking around a while as evidenced by the dates of the responses.

I would suggest that the answers provided may be influenced by the contributor’s personal experience with public speaking.

Anytime you're speaking to somebody else besides yourself, you are publicly speaking.

There are at least two factors that come into play when one talks about public speaking. First off of course, just having the self-confidence to do so. Another factor we probably don't even think about is we need to have something to say.

I would suggest you are posing an apples vs oranges style of question.

Speaking and writing are two very different activities. Yet to be effective in either activity, you need to be skilled in both.

Short answer… is that it is possible to overcome the fear of public speaking. However, it isn’t something that happens by magic or by growing older.

I don’t know if there is definitive five patterns that work, however here are some that do:

Unless you’re pleading for your life when facing a decision of either the gas chamber or the electric chair, you probably shouldn’t be crying in your presentation.

Crying is a maladaptive reaction to stimuli that causes you grief. Some may question my use of the term ‘maladaptive’ to describe crying, saying it is perfectly normal to cry. Yes, for the most part it is but not in a speech or presentation.

My advice, as they say at Nike “just do it!”

I would add, think about your presentation not your nervousness.

Friday, 16 August 2019 19:35

Why is public speaking a performance?

To answer this question in the affirmative I would have to agree with the statement that public speaking is a performance, however I don’t.

The term performance to me indicates there is an element of acting to the speech delivery.

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