Fight or Flight:
Using Your Body’s Response to Fear to Give a Better Speech

Every time I stand up to give a speech, my stomach does flip flops because, for some reason, my body thinks that standing up in front of an audience to speak is just like facing a great danger to my person.

My body prepares for fight or flight.

I’m sure you’ve had this experience, too. Most people do.

Your hands may sweat. Your ears may burn. You may even lose your appetite. This nervous energy can make you want to run away and run away quickly.

But you have another choice.

Fight or Flight: Using Your Body's Response to Fear to Give a Better Speech

You can channel that nervous energy into a great speech. You can harness it to give your presentation enthusiasm. And, though you may not realize it, this is a choice.

Don’t let your body tell you what to do — take charge. Choose to use that “fight or flight” energy to fight! Choose to use that energy to infuse your presentation with earnest enthusiasm. As you do this, you’ll notice that the nervous energy dissipates and your confidences soars.

Want more information on how to overcome the fear of speaking? Check out my ultimate guide post.

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About the author

Carma Spence, is author of Public Speaking Super Powers. She is fiercely committed to guiding women to Owning their Superpowers and turning their knowledge and interests into a profitable business. She is masterful at helping her clients see what is possible for them and supporting them on the journey from where they are to where they want to be, releasing the Mind Goblins of self-doubt, self-sabotage and second-guessing that keep them stuck.

With 20+ years experience in marketing communications and public relations, natural intuitive skills and certification in using some of the most effective transformational coaching tools available, Carma’s mission and commitment is to unleash the inner power every woman entrepreneur possesses so they can boldly go out into the world, transforming the fabric of people’s lives in meaningful and positive ways.

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