Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking in 3 Ways

GLOSSOPHOBIA: the fear of public speaking, is remarkably common. 
In fact, experts estimate that as much as 77% of business professionals have significant levels of anxiety speaking in front of a crowd. People often ask me if I still get nervous before I speak at events and to be honest, I still do. Having been in the speaking game for over three decades, it’s gotten a lot less though.

That always gets a good laugh and evens out the playing field. You may not be able to completely overcome the fear of public speaking, but here are 3 ways to gain greater confidence and ease.

KEY REMINDER: UCLA Psychology professor Albert Mehrabian discovered communication can be broken down into three components: words, tone of voice, and body language.
  1. WHAT WE SAY accounts for only 7% of what is received and believed.
  2. THE WAY WE SAY IT accounts for 38%.
  3. WHAT WE SEE AND FEEL is 55%.
With practice and by reminding yourself of these keys, you’ll overcome fear and surprise yourself and others by how well you communicate and connect.

Here’s to speaking with confidence and connection!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.