Michelle Gereds is an accomplished writer who writes for the WSJ, but she too has had her share of fear while speaking in public.
However, Michelle found a way to overcome her
fear by employing 3 simple tactics which she has mentioned in her blog in the WSJ. She has employed advice given by leading psychologist Sian Bellock in an New Scientist interview.
These tips include:
Don’t over-think it: Beilock’s research shows that if you have a well-practiced presentation, when it is go-time, it is best if it runs on autopilot. When we have practiced a speech to perfection, or taken hundreds of golf shots for example, performing well involves paying less attention rather than more.
Put it in writing: Jotting down your worries “downloads” them so they are less likely to pop up and impact your performance.
Distract yourself: Singing a song or counting backwards by threes in your head can prevent you from worrying over the details of your performance. You prevent yourself from thinking “Everyone is looking at me! What if I keel over? What if…” Essentially, it helps cut out the thoughts that get in the way of coming across the best you can.
Providing further insight, Michelle says, "These tips have been really helpful to me. I’ve recently had the opportunity to do a few radio and TV interviews related to my Juggle posts. Luckily, the invitations usually come just an hour or two before the interview, leaving me little time to get worked up and worried."
" Sure, every time I wait outside of the radio booth to be called in I feel like I’m about to step into the dentist’s office for a root canal, but I distract myself by thinking about what is going on in the city streets out the window, the cupcakes at the bakery up the block, how hot it must be out there."
" Before I know, it the interview is over and each time it gets a bit less nerve-wracking.