The Internal Battlefield of Public Speaking: Part One
The Internal Battlefield of Public Speaking
Sun Tzu Principle: “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”
As public speaker, you are fighting a war on two fronts.
First, we have the internal war… that war against nerves, against sabotaging self-belief, poor preparation habits, mistaking audience style and knowledge, against losing control of content delivery, shuffling feet, and unfocused eyes… it’s a war, make no mistake about it.
In addition to that list, we also know that 75% of the business population experience fear when they stand in front of an audience. We also know that when a person experiences fear something happens inside them. A little switch is flicked and the next thing they know… they are operating in ‘fight or flight’ mode.
Here, picture this with me,..
You are standing in front of an audience… let’s say 200 people… all of whom are staring right at you… waiting for you to start talking.
Just staring… watching!
Suddenly you notice your mouth is dry, your palms start to sweat… you hear your heart beating through your chest. Then… your voice, out of nowhere, develops a strange, shaky, nervous pitch, and, somehow… you forget how to start… despite practicing your presentation at least 50 times!
What’s going on?
Let me tell you.
The brain responds to the stress of being in front of all those staring expectant eyes by activating a little ‘engine’ in the brain that is responsible for emotions and survival instincts. This engine sends a message to the adrenal glands… with instructions to do something!!!
So, adrenaline does something. It rushes to the heart and lungs to help blood and oxygen pump quicker throughout the body. Most of this blood is sent to muscles, preparing the body to respond to the situation by… you guessed it, fighting or fleeing!
Control your adrenaline or it will control you.
How do you do this?
That’s the action thought of the day… When you stand in front of your next audience… open with a 90 second ‘Direct & Move’ strategy.
Direct your attention to three different people in the audience, move towards them, engaging them as though you were having as one-on-one conversation.
I promise you… you will control your adrenaline instead of it controlling you!