Knotted stomach, sweaty palms, racing heart…
The Primal Threat Response, commonly known as "fight or flight syndrome," was vital for the survival of early humans. But today, it often gets in the way—especially when it comes to public speaking.
"Most speaking engagements don't require you to do anything physical, but your body doesn't know that," says Dale Cyphert, professor of speech communication at the University of Northern Iowa, in a report for the school's professional readiness program. "It perceives the adrenaline signals, assumes some sort of attack is possible, and simply prepares you for the worst."
By learning to expect and control these reactions, you can channel them away from a crippling effect and into an energized and dynamic speech. To control these symptoms, Cyphert recommends:
By mastering Cyphert's techniques, you can become more at ease with public speaking, drawing your attention away from yourself and to your audience, where it should be.
To fully engage your audience, consider the acronym FIRE UP from communications expert Tom McCarthy, a performance coach and co-creator of the Talking to Win Paraliminal.
F: Focus your audience on you and your message.
I: Inform your audience of your purpose.
R: Remind your audience of their pain.
E: Educate, empower, and entertain your audience.
U: Use the audience's unique problem to offer your solution.
P: Propose a commitment and close with a connection.
To help you develop the confidence to effectively communicate your ideas, listen to the Talking to Win Paraliminal in the MINDTRX app. It includes two sessions, one to help you eliminate self-defeating behaviors and speak with greater ease, and another to help you become a masterful presenter.
Simply push play, close your eyes, relax, and listen. This closed-eye process activates your "whole mind" with a precise blend of music and words to help you get the most out of every minute.