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Is Your Fear of Public Speaking Standing in the Way of a Promotion? Part 2
Nancy Daniels, Voice Coach
From my experience having worked with thousands of clients and students in voice and presentation skills, I will tell you, in no uncertain terms, that the most important thing you need to do to control your nervousness is to learn how to breathe with the support of your diaphragm.
Your immediate reaction might be that of course you breathe! Yes and no. In public speaking, the thing that most people do not do is to allow themselves the luxury of taking a breath before running out of air. That is why breathlessness is such a common complaint especially among novice speakers.
The breathing I am referring to specifically, however, is diaphragmatic breathing. All mammals do it; all newborns do it; and, all opera singers do it! It is only the rest of the world that isnít doing it! We are renowned for being lazy breathers which means we use only the upper portion of the chest for respiration. What results is shallow breathing that actually increases our stress.
- It is a known medical fact that deep supported breathing decreases the toxins in the blood.
- It is a known medical fact that shallow or lazy breathing increases the toxins in the blood.
The more toxins in your body, the greater your stress. Number one priority for those experiencing a panic attack is to begin breathing with support. It relaxes the individual and calms them down.
What do you think the chances are that you breathe properly? If you are typical of 99% of the population, then you are a lazy or shallow breather. To see if you breathe properly, stand and take a deep breath. Did your shoulders rise? Did you pull in your mid-torso (diaphragm) area? If so, then you are part of the 99%.
- If shallow or lazy breathing actually increases your stress, then the same shallow breathing will only increase your nervousness.
- If, on the other hand, deep, supported breathing decreases your stress, then applying the breathing to your presentation will give you the edge you need to conquer your fear and allow your nervousness to work for you and not against.
Nervousness is wonderful because it is that rush of adrenaline that can take your speech or presentation to new heights. Controlling your nervousness, however, is the only way that that will happen.
By learning to breathe with support, you will discover the best means of getting that promotion as well as the elimination of much of the stress in your life, both professionally and personally.
International Speaker and Voice Specialist, Nancy Daniels, has been involved in voice training since 1977. A graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in music, she discovered the techniques for improving the sound of the speaking voice while in graduate school at American University in Washington, D.C.
In addition to her guest speaking engagements, Nancy offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice training and public speaking skills throughout the United States and Canada. For those are unable to work with
her directly, there is Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. For more information on voice training, future workshops, and
Nancy Daniels Having taught 1,000\'s of people how to find their \'real\' voice for more than 25 years, I can\'t imagine a job more gratifying! To witness the increase in their self-confidence is incredibly rewarding.