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Avoiding a Panic Attack During Public Speaking

Many individuals relate panic attacks to public speaking. They more often than not have felt nervousness delivering a presentation. That past bad memory may return once more causing a similar uneasiness. Public speakers who experience the ill effects of an anxiety attack are continually seeking for a cure.

May’s Story

May had a history of anxiety when she entered secondary school. Her mom and brother had a background marked by nervousness too. May had decided to avoid her public speaking class until her last semester of school. Keeping in mind the end goal was to graduate, she would eventually need to take the class.

In spite of the fact that she had never been diagnosed for stage fright, May had constantly feared the public speaking class. Simply standing up before a class of her companions made her feel tipsy and queasy.

From the first day she strolled into class, her lecturer could see how anxious she was. He came up to May after class and talked about her discomfort with this public speaking class. May talked about her physical response to speaking before her companions. She disclosed to her instructor how she was:

    Extremely Anxious
    Short of Breath

Her lecturer was familiar with the indications of stage fright and particularly with students feeling awkward about talking before their peers. Her lecturer recalled his experience riding a train across the countrysides of India. Looking out of the window he noticed that some horses feed near the track and never bother to look up at the thundering cars, while just ahead at the next railroad crossing a farmer will be anxiously trying to quiet his frightened horses as the train goes by. May’s lecturer realized that the best way to cure a horse that is afraid of trains is to get the horse to graze at a pasture where it would frequently see the trains. The horses will eventually become desensitized of the thundering cars over time.

To help May overcome her fears, the lecturer prescribed that May stands up before her family every time she needed to talk that night.

So May disclosed to her family what she was attempting to do to help get over her dread of public speaking. At supper, May stood up each time she made a request for some food to be passed to her. Before bed, she remained before her folks and siblings and did an imaginary speech.

Albeit talking before her family was not the same as talking before her companions, it helped her get through the following day of class without having a panic attack. May felt awkward amid her public speaking class but managed to get through the class.

  • Do you hate public speaking? You Can Overcome Public Speaking Anxiety!
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    Do you hate public speaking? You Can Overcome Public Speaking Anxiety!

As the semester proceeded on, May solicited the help of some of her companions to go to her home the night before she had a major presentation due. She would then practice her presentation on her friends until she could get past it without an extreme measure of tension.

The procedure May used to defeat her stage fright is called deliberate desensitization and is a commonly utilized solution for individuals experiencing panic attacks. It works for horses & it will also work for humans. In the public speaking arena, it is called increasing your stage time.

Go ahead and try deliberate desensitization for yourself. It may work for you too.

Top 4 Startup Trends for 2017 – #Cashless, #Coworking, #Bootstrapping, #MadeinIndia

It’s kind of hard to predict what’s going to happen to the startup scene in India this year, but I’ll take a chance and make some informed predictions. One big issue that’s affected everyone is demonetization, so no points for guessing that #cashless startups that help your business go digital in any way will be one of the startup trends for 2017. Here are some trends for the future which may serve to motivate you to read further.

Top Startup Trends for 2017 – #Cashless

This was the year when small card readers, mobile payment systems and apps, ecommerce site developers and other such providers finally stopped searching for work. They spend their time now by completing the huge backlog of work accumulated by the two hard and cold months of winter. That’s why #cashless startups will be the ones showing the biggest gains this year, and many of them will go on to become large companies in a year or two. It’s a good bet that there’s a Flipkart or Infosys in there somewhere.

Top Startup Trends for 2017 – #Coworking

Another big trend for startups, especially those in the big metro cities in India, is to avoid keeping staff cooped up in offices from 9-5. They’re giving their startups all the freedom needed to work from anywhere, at any time. This has led to a boom in co-working spaces in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and other major cities.

New startup founders want to be a part of the scene in the tech hubs, but they can’t afford the rent. The alternative is to co-work from one of the shared spaces in these hubs. You don’t get your own private office, but you do have a good business address, desk space to work from anytime you want, free wifi, and meeting rooms in case you have a meeting with a client or your own team.

Top Startup Trends for 2017 – #Bootstrapping

Yet another trend for startups this year is to avoid taking funding and go #cashless, but in a different way – by #bootstrapping. Looking at how Stayzilla and others are facing heat after taking and spending millions from investors, many startup founders are now figuring out that it may be better to bootstrap by funding operations through sales revenue.

It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend only what you earn. You can invest your own personal funds as seed funding. The idea of bootstrapping is to avoid talking on debt or bringing in outside investors. If you only spend your own money and what you earn from sales, then you have no obligation to bankers, sundry lenders and/or investors. It’s a clean and neat way to run a startup, and the startup ecosystems in the country are now mature enough to support bootstrap startups even without funding.

Top Startup Trends for 2017 – #MadeinIndia

Speaking of startup support, the Govt. of India has recently stepped up support for startups in many ways. There’s a Rs. 10,000 crore corpus Fund of Funds that was launched to support the various programmes under the Startup India initiative. The government is also actively trying to prop up the manufacturing sector through incentives being provided under initiatives such as Make in India and #MadeinIndia. With so much money under different government initiatives flowing into startups that produce 100% local made products, you can expect a huge number of them trying to portray themselves as a part of the #MadeinIndia brigade, if only to get the government benefits.

It all ties in very nicely. Government support for #bootstrapped startups located in #coworking spaces, helping small businesses go #cashless and proud to be #MadeinIndia