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Preparing for a Speech or Presentation
By Christina Gikas   Printer Friendly Version

At one time or another all of us are presented with the opportunity to speak to a group of people. Usually it is because we are knowledgeable on the specific topic, or, because it is our job to address or train a group of people.

Think about some of these scenarios. Really put yourself in the situation of the presenter.

  • You have been voted Secretary of your volunteer organization. Congratulations! This is easy for you. All you need to do is jot down some meeting notes and then type them up, right? Yes, and then, at the next meeting, you need to stand up and read the minutes to the group.

  • You have been asked to speak at your child’s high school graduation.

  • You have been preparing your post-graduate class presentation. You know the material. Of course you do. Look at how far you’ve come. You’re in the doctorate program! You are scheduled to make your presentation in 1 hour.

  • You will be toasting the bride and groom.

  • You returned from a business related training in time for the district meeting. Your superior welcomes you back and asks you to share what you learned with your coworkers.
  • You are a doctor, police officer, or firefighter in a well-publicized case, who is asked to be interviewed by the media.

  • You are asked to appear on a talk show and know that by doing so you can further your career.

  • You will be giving a eulogy.


How does it feel?

This could be your first presentation or your tenth, and you still feel nervous, anxious, and jittery.
You may experience palpitations, a shortness of breath, or a tingling sensation. You might be feeling light-headed, about to faint. You have doubts. You fear losing control. You’re in a cold sweat. You feel nauseous. You might even have feelings of impending doom.
What if you forget what to say?

  1. What if they ask a question and you don’t have the answer?
  2. What if you get sidetracked and can’t get back to where you left off?
  3. What if one of your jokes turns out to not be so funny?
  4. Worse yet, what if what you say is misconstrued?
  5. What if you weren’t prepared?
  6. What if they can see how nervous you are?
  7. What if you don’t meet their expectations?
  8. Oh! What if you really do faint or vomit?

Are your very thoughts sabotaging your success? These sensations are very real and can be paralyzing, but there is a solution: hypnotherapy.

With the help of a certified hypnotherapist, you can find out what is causing all of this anxiety. Is it lack of confidence, fear of the unfamiliar, fear of humiliation, fear of how you will be seen and heard, or is it something else? Perhaps something someone said to you a long time ago about never amounting to anything, or being stupid, or looking silly, or having a speech impediment.

Hypnosis is a wonderful tool by which you can access information from deep within to find the root cause of the problem. Once the culprit is identified, the hypnotherapist will work with you to release the problem. The hypnotherapist will assist you in gaining self-confidence, self-esteem, and charisma. Additionally, the hypnotherapist will help you with memory and focus and concentration. Finally, the hypnotherapist will help you prepare for your presentation.

Now, imagine yourself making a public presentation tomorrow, confident in yourself and in what you have to share. It feels great, doesn’t it?

Hypnotherapy is best when you are working directly with the therapist. However, self-help hypnosis CDs, and telephone hypnosis counseling sessions are also very useful.

I have helped many people overcome their fear of public speaking and I know that I can help you. I’m as close as your telephone or email.

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