By Ellen Egan
Does anyone have a fear of public speaking? My friend “Sharon” sure did. Sharon is a vivacious, beautiful, extrovert with no trouble talking to anyone in a social situation. But, put her in front of an audience and she froze.
Sharon came to one of the first public speaking courses I gave for the general public and she was thrilled when she could apply what she learned to deliver a speech at a very important birthday party a while later. Although she had gained many skills and overcame her fear of public speaking, she didn’t yet have a love of public speaking.
Then, she went to a Tony Robbins event and came back with a love of public speaking and the desire to do public speaking as a profession. What an exciting change!
Tony is famous for bringing about peak performance in people and Sharon was no exception. At the event she had to climb a very tall, thin pole, then stand on top and jump off (with safety harnesses attatched, of course). She wa terrified during the entire process and learned a very important lesson. She was in charge of her fear, in stead of the other way around. Sharon was then asked to stand up in front of the group and speak about her experience and she found that once the fear was gone – since she was in charge of the fear – all that was left was the excitement about sharing her knowledge and experience with others (public speaking).
Sharon still enjoys public speaking and has brought this new understanding of overcoming fear into other areas of her life.
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