You’re standing at the podium and all eyes are on you.
You’re afraid to even open your mouth and begin. What if no sound comes out?
Perhaps you’re reliving some bad memory. Like that time when all the kids laughed at you during a grade school report you gave. Maybe you’re remembering when someone told you you’d never amount to anything.
Your own insecurity is whispering criticism in your ear.
Glossophobia is defined as speech anxiety. You may call it stage fright or performance anxiety or maybe just the thought of making a speech breaks you out in a cold sweat.
You’re not alone!
Survey results haven’t changed: Seven out of ten people are still more afraid of speaking in public than anything else. More afraid of giving a presentation than they are of dying. And spiders!
But speaking well in front of people is the most important skill you can develop: The ability to communicate goes hand in hand with success. Most of our jobs require us to provide information, persuade someone to make a decision, or facilitate a discussion. However, meeting these requirements in front of an audience presents the greatest fear.
Progressive Success can help you conquer that fear. We’ve developed a “progressive success” technique that helps you overcome fear by taking small sequential steps, moving gradually from one level to the next. You work your way up from a comfort zone to a full presentation complete with PowerPoint presentation.
Thousands have taken our courses over the years and our progressive technique has proven its value in helping participants overcome their apprehension. It has also helped participants learn to structure a presentation so that it provides maximum benefit to the audience.
Presentation Skills, also known as Briefing Techniques, has been one of our best-selling courses of all time. We will soon be adding this course to our new PSC Pragmatics online training series. If you’d like more information about our upcoming training offerings, please sign up on the subscription form in the sidebar!
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