Debbie Mandel, a stress management expert, discusses in the first episode of two, how to alleviate the stress that comes with public speaking. We all have an immense fear of getting up in front of a group of people and presenting something either at work, school, etc. So how do we get rid of that fear and the feelings of insecurity, and rise to the occasion? In the end, the most important thing to remember is that we have nothing to fear, but fear itself.
Debbie: Nothing puts the fear into the hearts of great people like getting up on a stage to present, to make a presentation at work. There's a great deal of stress and insecurity. We feel we're being judged, we feel we don't measure up. You start to feel sick every time you think about it. You might get a head ache, maybe you're thinking too much. Maybe you're lower back might hurt, you're not feeling supported. To deal with the stress of a presentation, of putting yourself out there, you better be prepared. There is no substitute for preparation, rehearse in front of a mirror, rehearse in front of friends, rehearse until you're blue in the face. And don't think that you shouldn't be a little nervous; a little nervous, acute stress, will make you perform better. That adrenaline that sets everything off is going to make you more alert and more alive.
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