Why? Because you are not as beautiful as you want, you don’t know how to tell jokes, you are shy, you are boring, you have a physical handicap, you have a speech impediment, etc.

Don’t waste your time and ours. Run away from stage. Period.

Wrong.

Change your mindset. Audience is not there for you. You are there for THEM. Change the focus from you to them. You are there to help them. You have somethingspeakschmeakheader2 to share. Forget what is “limiting you”.

I found an interesting testimonial from speech coach Lisa Braithwaite. Is a  speech impediment an impediment? She has a lisp and it has never impeded her progress as a speaker.

As she says: “we all have insecurities”. But, it is a part of our uniqueness. Don’t let it paralyze us. Good testimonial.

In the last days, there was a big buzz around BritSusan Boyleain’s Got Talent Susan Boyle. She is more “the girl next door” than a top model.

That did not stop her. She went to the show and blown away the judges and the audience whit her talent. Wow! What a good signer.

Click on the picture to see and hear her.

Get over your imperfections and your fears. Think that you are there to help the audience.

 

Share with me: What did you conquered or fought to give speech?
Source: Lisa Braithwaite blog, Susan Boyle on YouTube

 

UPDATE: A Guide to Beating the Fears That Are Holding You Back. A blog post of Zenhabits. (via Guy Kawasaki on Twitter)

 

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