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How confident are you as a speaker?
Episode 2846th June 2024 • Irresistible Communication • Dr. Michael Gerharz
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Public speaking is the monster under the bed for grown-ups. What’s really going on? And why does the usual advice often fall short? … 

Download my free eBook “Speak Easy” at https://michaelgerharz.com/speak-easy

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Michael:

Welcome back to “Irresistible Communication”.

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Two minutes, one insight

on how to find better

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words

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Michael: You are backstage.

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Palms are sweaty knees,

weak and arms heavy.

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In other words, you're

just plain terrified.

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Stage fright has got you in its

grip and it's squeezing hard.

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Public speaking is the monster

under the bed for grownups.

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It's that universal fear that

sends shivers down the spine

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of some of the boldest leaders.

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Their powerful voices suddenly feel weak.

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Their decisive stride seems uncertain.

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Their usual commanding

presence fades into doubt.

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Backstage, the bold leader is

no longer a tower of strength.

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Almost certainly, you've been hit

with advice to conquer that fear.

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But in my experience, most of that

advice actually achieves the opposite.

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It doesn't make you feel

less nervous, but more.

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Huh?

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More nervous?

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Let me explain.

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Often, it's quite a beast in terms

of things you have to consider

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and do in the correct order.

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Deep breaths, power stance, eye

contact, pacing, how to hold your

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hands, how to stand, when to smile.

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And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

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What's worse is that all of this

is on top of actually having to

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remember what you wanted to say?

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Not to mention actually saying it.

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I've never seen it work well.

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Not only does this advise not

eliminate stage fright . As I said,

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it actually adds to the stress.

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Which is why I prefer a very

different approach that I hope

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can change the game for you, too.

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In 16 years of working with leaders

who went on stages, large and small,

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this is the only approach I've seen

that has consistently led to improved

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confidence in front of audiences.

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I've turned it into a free ebook.

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It's called “Speak Easy – The

four steps to total confidence

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in your communication”.

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It's a short read with

a pretty unusual take.

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If you haven't done so already,

download it on my website.

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You'll find the link in the show notes.

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Keep lighting the path.

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And share this with a friend.

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