So, your next meeting at work is coming up, and you’ve agreed to present a few new ideas to the company. You usually feel worried about this kind of thing, but now you try to convince yourself that, this time, it’ll be ok. However, as the time to speak draws closer, you begin to rue over your ever agreeing to do so. This is because you know that the mere thought of giving a presentation to the team will set your heart racing and bring you out in a cold sweat.
Are you maybe a little bit like this? If you are, you are just one of numerous people that find themselves in the same somewhat shaky boat. Statistically, here in the UK, about 1 person in every 10 will endure some form of social anxiety - that equates to around 6.3 million individuals.
An anxiety of public speaking can make things very difficult. Indeed, it can impact on so many aspects of a person’s life – from not coming across favourably in job interviews or not having the ability to effectively negotiate an advantageous agreement, to turning down an otherwise desirable promotion at work, should the new role require some form of speech-making.
So, how might presentation nerves affect you? Very often they will trigger a classic fight-or-flight response in a person. Symptoms may include:
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Dale Carnegie, The Art of Public Speaking