Beat performance anxiety: deliver powerfully and strategically
History proves that chance favours the bold. The ability to articulate sharply and confidently puts you ahead; compromise will not. Take a step towards beating your performance anxiety or developing your public voice.
Many presentation trainers are simply loud extroverts, often former actors, without linguistic or phonological expertise nor any understanding of the minefields of learner psychology. In contrast, I have the specific technical expertise, nearly 30 years of relevant experience, and have also been intimately familiar with what you are going through. So I can give you real insight, along with practical but evidence-based tricks that work.
Cognitive-behavioural approaches are the foundation to relieving communication performance anxiety (reducing persistent nerves, stage-fright, panic or blocks). Anyone can develop skills in impromptu delivery, and manage complex thoughts easily. You can be an unburdened authentic speaker.
Influence is about tactically handling the voice of resistance. It’s about giving voice to consensus and leveraging champions. It’s about asserting alliance with your organisation’s power barons or being 'underwritten' by global best practice or academic business literature. It’s about understanding the power of language (as NLP practitioners routinely adopt). It’s about logic used at the right time, in the right way, and targeted. It's psychological - about managing egos or encouraging the act of visualising. And it is all supported by active listening. You can develop your ability to gain buy-in from time-starved senior team members.
Scripting vs complex, pressured improvisation
Scaling up or down on detail (without a script) is a technique (among others) to train the brain in managing complex information on the trot. There are times however when a crafted script is what you need. It needs time and care. Standing and delivering comes with a great array of issues that are as unique as you are. Language enriching and speech writing or copyediting for rhetorical tricks can win you the wow factor you were looking for.
Tony Corballis has helped thousands to speak out.
I am a specialist in alleviating performance anxiety in speech, helping the nervous and foggy get through leadership transition, career transition such as self-promotion and job search, recruitment, job promotions and interview hoops, as well as presentations and voice improvement. I have decades of relevant experience, including training and coaching, conference interpreter professional development, linguistic and rhetorical analysis in speech writing and delivery (including training teams of foreign office diplomats), organisational and cultural training, book authoring, commissioned writing and editing, training and curriculum development, academic development training in higher education, teacher training and e-learning design and implementation.