I’m a public speaking warrior
When you were younger, were you afraid of the dark? Do you remember how you overcame that fear?
I overcame mine, by practicing each night to say my prayers and then to sleep in the dark. At first I
slept with my sheets over my head. And before I knew it I was able to sleep in my bed without
The same is true in public speaking. At first you may get the jitters. Your stomach may feel funny. But
as you practice you will be able to speak in front of people, without feeling funny in your tummy.. In
this chapter you will learn how to be a brave public speaking warrior.
Fear is an emotional response to threats and danger. It is the way, that you naturally respond
(without thinking) to something that you believe is threatening your safety.
Everyone gets scared
Did you know that almost everyone gets scared when they have to speak in front of people? Don’t
believe me? Ask your Mom or Dad if they get scared when they have to speak in front of their peers,
their boss or in a meeting. I bet the answer is yes. Public speaking is the number one fear among people.
You’re not alone. There are some things that you can do to lessen the fear and to build your
confidence. Some of the things you may already know...but you may not know that you know them.
Let’s look at some of those things.