Beat your performance anxiety: deliver powerfully and strategically
History proves that chance favours the bold. In this brave new world of fluid business, the ability to articulate confidently in public puts you ahead. Compromise will not. You need to think sharply and speak out. 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, Tony Corballis has specific technical expertise, 26 years of relevant experience, and has also been intimately familiar with what you are going through. So he can give you real insight and practical but evidence-based tricks that work.
Cognitive-behavioural approaches are the foundation to relieving communication performance anxiety. In other words, reducing persistent nerves, stage-fright, panic or blocks. It is possible for anyone to develop skills in impromptu delivery, and manage their thoughts fluidly. Understanding personality, power, diversity and culture are sometimes first steps to gaining genuine gravitas.
The nervous, frozen or blocked can be transformed into freer and unburdened authentic executives.
Influence senior stakeholders
Influence is about tactically handling the voice of resistance. It’s about giving voice to consensus and considering who might be your champions. It’s about asserting alliance with your organisation’s power barons or getting '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 consequence-led logic used at the right time and targeted. It's psychological - about coaxing egos or encouraging the act of visualising. And it is all underpinned by active listening. You can develop your ability to gain buy-in from others. Including time-starved senior executives.
Reducing accent or training a voice to project for broadcast are both typical goals. But it’s not enough to just explore your articulatory organs and play tricks to produce phonemes. It’s not enough to just modulate or follow stress patterns. It’s not enough to simply project. While all these are crucial foundations, the real key is to embed and automate these within yourself, away from conscious effort. Many voice coaches can’t do this. They can beautifully deconstruct; they can eloquently demonstrate; they can provide expensive practice; but they cannot ensure you speak differently when you're taken unaware by an audience or boardroom. It is difficult and deeply psychological. Tony Corballis can.
Scripting vs complex, pressured improvisation
Managing your performance anxiety gradually enables you to scale up or down on detail (without a script) along with other techniques for managing complex information on the trot. There are times however when an astonishingly 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. Presenting can combine with language enriching for being eloquent and sharper, or speech writing and editing for rhetorical tricks and wow factors.
Tony Corballis has helped thousands to speak out. Contact him for a chat.
Eloquence referred to by linguists as 'lexical range and depth' but what is this exactly?
In fact, most speakers don't realise that syntax or grammar is way less important than just plain old words. Lexis is all about words and meaning, including word patterns and their connotations in combinations, clever sayings and metaphors that colour and revive business communication. Being sharp. Semantic precision when you need it ... is a great gift.
Studies have linked a strong command of this with success. Executives score higher on lexical tests than subordinates do. Research of executives in 39 companies by Johnson O’Connor found a correlation between lexical ability and status on the corporate hierarchy. Presidents and VPs averaged 87%, managers 62%, foremen 41%, and floor bosses 32%. Similar studies show a correlation between lexis and salary. Success closely depends on how you express yourself. The world’s top achievers typically have richer lexis. Not just able or good, they are better.
The truth is that people judge you by how you communicate. What you say seems to reflect your education, conceptual intelligence and power in society. Crystal-clear, richer language leaves a great impression.
You don’t need to feel embarrassed struggling for the right words. Lexis building helps both native or non-native, educated or layperson to become sharper, expressive and inspiring. Customer and stakeholder relationships can become deeper. Conversations extend easily, respect is enhanced and you feel more confident. You win the edge over others. C-suite, director and NED conversations become comfortable, easy and stimulating. Appraisals, presentations, pitches and interviews will impress even you.
What it does not do: eloquence training will never just load you with complex words. There is no bulk memorising of lists. It is real and relevant. Nor will it mean people will find you pompous and condescending. The truth is that certain vocabulary can make you sound pretentious, snooty or silly. The balance is finding the flexibility to scale up and scale down your ‘linguistic register’ as it is called.
“I never realised expanding my communication could be so much fun!” - Florence Lecuyer, Marketing Manager at Amazon.com after completing a Lexis Building coaching masterclass programme with Corballis Communication.
The right words at the right time: keeping it sharp. You don’t always need a coach or trainer. You can actually run a lexis building club yourself.
EloquentEnglish™ social clubs are a great way to keep your edge, operate globally and boost your opportunities and effectiveness. They empower their members to communicate not just more sharply, but with more flexibility and more impact. This is crucial if you feel less educated, more inarticulate or perhaps come from a second-language background and want to succeed in global organisations. They are sociable, engaging and you get out as much as you put in, because you are totally in charge. And you can start one with barely any cost. Take control, help yourself, start your own club for free.
All you need is a laptop online, a little time to prepare sessions, and a meeting space. For a group to get together and become members with all the associated benefits, there should be one individual trained as the EloquentEnglish™ leader. Some leaders run clubs in their workplace to improve the effectiveness of teams; others do it at home.
Anyone can obtain the EloquentEnglish™ eBook One: Club Leadership Training Manual. There is no charge for this training and it is sufficient to launch your club. It gives you everything you need – tuition on what you need to understand the fundamentals, and guidance and instructions from an expert – to get your club started and help colleagues or friends who need to be articulate.
Next you need the EloquentEnglish™ eBook Two: Club Instructions and Training Templates. This 'step-by-step' approach to designing sessions and running your club is available for free to students in further or higher education and those seeking a job. The paper version of the book costs a small fee.
Both eBooks are free for anyone who signs up for coaching programmes and wishes to supplement their coaching.
Tony Corballis is a specialist in alleviating performance anxiety in speech, helping the nervous and foggy get through leadership transition, career transition such as recruitment, promotions and interview hoops, as well as presentations and voice improvement.
His peripheral services have included conference interpreter professional development, linguistic and rhetorical analysis in speech writing and delivery (including for teams of foreign office diplomats), organisational and cultural training, book authoring, commissioned writing and editing, training and curriculum development, academic development training, and teacher training.