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Managing Anxiety

Managing Anxiety

Make your audience comfortable by managing your anxiety

  • Greet your anxiety by saying "this is me being anxious".
  • Reframe the situation: See it as an opportunity rather than a threat; change the way you approach it.
  • Orientation of time: Be in the present moment and don't think about future consequences. Physical activity, listening to music or speaking tongue twisters before you speak can help.

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Ground Rules

Ground Rules

  • Get out of your own way
  • Dare to be dull so you can reach greatness

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Use Structures

Use Structures

  • Tell a story and use structures
  • Structured information increases processing fluency: People retain information 40% more reliably and better
  • Never lose your audience
  • Structure sets you free

Ideas for structures:

  1. Problem/opportunity, solution, benefit
  2. What? So what? Now what?

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Other Tips

Other Tips

  • Acknowledge your own emotions as well as those of your audience
  • Reframe and explain
  • Use engagement activities and variety, ask questions
  • Use conversational language such as "we/you" instead of "I"
  • Paraphrase the questions to get time
  • Use humor: Self-deprecating humor is the least risky
  • Have a backup plan if it doesnt work
  • "Why" is the most important question
  • Make people give advice

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Games

Games

Play the following games with a partner as they will help you speak more confidently in spontaneous situations.

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#1: Shout The Wrong Name

#1: Shout The Wrong Name

  • Instructions: Point with your finger at a random object and shout the wrong name (for example: point at a table and scream "bird"). Make sure to not use patterns; don't use words from the same category.
  • Purpose: This game helps you to get out of your own way and to solve problems.
  • We are planning to get it right but theres is no way to actually get it right.

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#2: Give A Gift

#2: Give A Gift

  • Instructions: Give your partner an imaginary gift (but you don't know what is inside). They name what is inside. Then you tell them why you gifted it to them.
  • Purpose: You will learn to speak spontaneously.
  • Use "yes and" instead of "no but"

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#3: Spell Things Out

#3: Spell Things Out

  • Instructions: Name the best thing you will do today but spell it out letter by letter; pause between the words. Let your partner do the same.
  • Purpose: You will learn to slow down and listen.
  • When you focus and listen, you can't be thinking ahead and you will automatically give a better response.

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Further information and tips can be found on Matt Abrahams' website:

Nofreakingspeaking.com

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Psychology student with a passion for learning and developing as a person.

CURATOR'S NOTE

Learn to speak more confidently in spontaneous situations and improve your public speaking skills by using the following tips and games.

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