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Do you have the classic symptoms of a public speaking fear: trembling limbs, butterflies in the stomach, pounding heart? Or do you have some other less common symptoms that occur when you least need them to? Would you like to get over this feeling and become a confident speaker? I have helped over 1,00 people to improve their confidence. Let’s have a chat to see if we are a fit.

I have successfully used a Neuro-LInguistic-Programming (NLP) technique called the Ring of Power. This technique is powerful and will help you overcome nervousness for good. Find out more about this session.

The physiological changes that occur during the fight or flight response are triggered in order to give the body extra strength and speed to prepare you for either fighting or running away from danger.

I have a friend whose public speaking fear presents in front of an audience as uncontrolled eye-rolling. At no other time does this happen to her, but during the stress associated with public speaking her eyes seem to take on a mind of their own.

As a beginner at public speaking, I  had an uncontrollable nervous habit of swallowing at inconvenient times….the GULP!

Swallowing is a complex neuromuscular activity which consists of three different phases. There is an oral phase which is entirely voluntary, this is what we do when we chew and swallow our food. The other two phases of swallowing are involuntary but we usually don’t notice, it just happens and it seems to come naturally.

I had a tendency to gulp at the most inconvenient times, often mid-sentence! I became very self-conscious of this trait and as a result, the more self-conscious I became the more it happened.

For beginners, learning to work with your public speaking fear is an important step.

The first step in that process is to know how you personally react to stress and fear. By knowing what to expect from your body you can be better prepared to manage it.

There are many simple techniques that public speakers use to hide or minimise the symptoms of fear. What I have found is that as speakers we are usually more aware of our imperfections than our audience is. That was the case for me when I gulped it sounded loudly in my head so I assumed that everyone else noticed it too.

I also used to offer an apology after the gulp and that actually served to draw more attention to the fact. I soon learned that the audience didn’t really notice my gulp.

How does your body respond to fear?


About the author

Lisa Evans helps leaders and entrepreneurs to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor. 

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat.

Here’s how I may help you

Whether you have a hidden story of your feet, or you want to nail your next presentation, I can help you.

My services include:

Business Storytelling Coaching – together we can get started to create your suite of stories. A minimum of three sessions is recommended 1:1 in person or virtually via Zoom.

Executive Speaker Coaching – if you have an upcoming guest speaking opportunity, funding pitch, conference talk or you want to be an outstanding speaker, we can work together on your technique. You will see the results after one session.

Storytelling for Leaders Interactive Workshops – I can come to you, or we can host a workshop offsite for your team. From half-day to two-days immersive, this customised workshop is an ideal way to kick start your business storytelling strategy and get the whole team telling stories.

Keynote/Guest Speaking at your next conference or event – I have several topics to choose from ranging from a 30-minute talk up to a 90-minute interactive session.