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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:

    Dizzy
    Nauseous
    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.

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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.

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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.

Hi Robert Ram, great to see you here again. What’s new for you?

admin says:

I’m fine Jane Adshead-Grant, thanks. Just returned from a Toastmasters conference in my city. It was fun. I trust you are good too 🙂