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Symptoms of Stage Fright – Agoraphobia


Symptoms of Stage Fright

You may have one, two, or all of these symptoms.

• Sweating palms
• Dizziness
• Dry mouth
• Tight throat
• Increased heart rate/pulse
• Nervous tension in the stomach (“butterflies”)
• Nausea and vomiting
• Shortness of breath
• High, squeaky voice
• Cold hands
• Trembling lips
• Uncontrollable shaking
• Weak and/or trembling knees
• Tightness in the chest
• Wobbling vibrato in the voice
• Disorientation
• Short term memory loss (forgetting lines, lyrics, key presentation points, etc.)

If any of these symptoms define your symptoms and feelings, read the post on this Blog. There are simple solutions hidden in some of the Posts. If you do the reading and research you will find them.

If you do not have time to read all the posts on this blog, I have an eBook for sale that will immediately help you and includes a long term strategy as well to deal with your fears.

Most of what you seek is in condensed form here on this Blog, actually in summary form, to help you get quick and long term relief from agoraphobia. I am a long term student of agoraphobia because on occasion, I get weak knees, too. :>)

Terry


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Action List to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking


Steps to overcome the fear of public speaking

There are several steps of tricks to use to overcome the fear of making a mistake or looking foolish when you speak to a group:

  1. Be well-prepared before speaking to a group
  2. Practice your speech. Practice, practice, practice
  3. Have a backup, in case you forget what you want to say
  4. Reduce the fear of your audience
  5. Relax yourself just before you speak

We will cover each of these points in the following posts.

/Terry


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The Time I Flailed in Front of 250 Investors!


If you have not read my professional Bio yet, stop here, take a break and go to the the About Me Page on this Blog. You will then understand more about me my background and have a bit of my professional history so you can understand this this real life story where I flailed horribly in front of a huge audience of people where I wanted them to give me millions of dollars to grow my company. Yeah. That is NO TIME to flail, crash or crater I assure you! Plus my Board of Directors were in full attendance, all 6 of them, to witness this event I will not forget the rest of my life.

September 22nd, 1991, Nashville, Tennessee. I am to speak to a group (room full) of investors to raise money to fund my company's growth and provide daily operating capital for small things like payroll, insurance, and other minor things. I would also include the term "potential investors" as well as some of the people in the audience had already invested thousands or maybe millions into my company. They were the to "check up on me". Find out how well the company was doing. Sales, the future. To test me. Feel my attitude, my resolve, my knowledge, and of course the safety of their money. Great.

So my time came and I got up on stage and began speaking for what was probably the 250th time I had given a similar talk in front of a large audience. Only this time, for some reason, I had a panic attack right about 1 minute into my speech. I am talking to the crowd and my mind is doing its best to sabotage my talk, my presentation, and now I think my life. The discussion going on in my head while I am "talking" was smattering s of "your crashing!" "Stop it"! "NOT NOW! NOT TODAY!", "You done, you wimp, goin' down!". Yep, it was that day.

Two minutes into the speech my legs were shaking so badly I thought I was going to fall! My mind is yelling at me..."Your gonna crash!". But I kept talking. Kept on delivering my prepared, practiced, rehearsed speech.

Twenty minutes later I asked the audience for questions. I knew everyone there saw me shudder and knew I tanked. Not stutter, but shudder, shake and truthfully, damn near crater, all live from Nashville! Believe it or not, people were so kind to me afterward, I actually used the crash to make new friends. Most knew I had done this type of speaking time and time again. So some people were having fun at my expense and some people were genuinely concerned.

The concerned people were the people that had money or going to put money in my company. The competition for money, or my peers were reveling and wallowing in my blood on the floor! Welcome to corporate America. If I had not practiced, rehearsed many times, memorized my speech, I would have been seen as a total schmuck! Instead I was "not on" that day and able to talk my way out of it...over time.

I did get help. I went to a psychiatrist for help. Yep, made my own appointment, went to see him and he told me some things that changed my life...forever. Never again have a flailed. Never again have I even worried about public speaking. I still do not fear it. And I can help you. Just stay tuned.

So speaking as someone who has been at the top of the corporate ladder, speaking in front of hundreds and thousands of people, and the same guy that still talks in front of small and large crowds. I know how cratering actually feels. And I know I can tell you many things that will help you defeat the fear of public speaking. In fact I am going to publish an eBook soon that will help you get rid of your fear of public speaking in 15 minutes. Yep. I can do that. 15 minutes. But that is the quick fix. Then you need a plan to relieve the fear of public speaking forever.

I sincerely want to help people overcome this fear so badly it is not funny. I also want to get my costs back, make an honest living and in doing so make sure everything I do to help people is affordable and meaningful...for a lifetime.

See you back her next week with more on this subject.

/Terry


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Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking – Article #1 The Effects of Fear


It has been said that the fear of speaking in public is rated at #2 in human fears after #1, snakes, and before #3, the fear of dying. So it is a major obstacle for most people; I would say it affects the majority of people, male and female, all races, nationalities or other “elasticities”.

Effects of fear

What happens to many people is that–even before they start speaking–their heart starts racing, their mouth gets dry, maybe even the knees and legs shake. Some may even get nauseous or feel faint.

Then once they start speaking, the heart rate increases and beats rapidly. The person may hear his heart beat and/or her voice break and tremble. The legs or even the whole body may almost uncontrollable shake. The person may also stutter or start speaking rapidly. We all know people have a tendency to speak too fast when presenting in public.

Although some people calm down, once they get going, others may ramble through the material incoherently.

Do you wonder why many people don’t want to go through that ordeal again?

The reason most people get anxious when required to speak to a group is that they are afraid of looking foolish or stupid in front of many of their peers and important people. They are afraid that their mind will go blank or that their lack of speaking skills will lower the opinion others have of them.

Being humiliated can destroy a person’s ego and confidence. In fact, it can really ruin your day.

It has ruined one day in my life. I will never forget it. I will include this story in my next post.

/Terry


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Welcome to My blog


Welcome to my Blog, Secrets to Public Speaking. The purpose of this Blog is to bring together all of the known and less known secrets to overcome the fear of public speaking and stage fright so you can become a successful public speaker or stage actor. While there are many sites dealing with the subjects of the fear of public speaking and stage fright, I have yet to see any of them teach ALL of the methods to alleviate the fear, the stress, the racing heart or the sweaty palms of being on stage either when speaking or acting.

This website is going to deliver the most comprehensive information on stage fright and the fear of public speaking available on the web today.

If you are in need of relief of the stress of public speaking or stage fright, then this is your one stop for all the information you will need to become successful performing on stage.

So bookmark this website and visit often.